Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Paralympics

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Nigeria at the
2012 Summer Paralympics
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IPC code NGR
NPC Nigeria Paralympic Committee
in London
Ranked 22nd
Summer Paralympics appearances

Nigeria competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom from 29 August – 9 September 2012.[1] Nigerian Paralympians combined won more medals than their Olympic counterparts in London, winning 6 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals.

The 2012 Paralympic Games played an important role in Nigerian society in terms of assisting in changing people's attitudes towards people with disabilities. In some cases, this allowed Nigerian medalists to return home and be the primary breadwinner for their families.

Powerlifting was Nigeria's dominant sport in London. Following the team's success in the sport, Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi was quoted as saying that additional money would be funneled to the sport to build on the country's success in it


Babagana Ali was quoted by the BBC as saying of the 2012 Paralympics, "Paralympics is a clear indication to disabled persons in Nigeria and Africa alike that they can something good with their lives better than begging. [...] It also challenges African leaders to assist people with disability because they can equally bring pride to their countries."[2]

In many parts of Black Africa, people who have disabilities that include insanity, and physical disabilities such as impairments and deformities often face cultural barriers to participation because of attitudes related to their disabilities. These include beliefs that they acquired their disabilities because their parents were witches or they are wizards. Their disability is often seen as a result of a personal failing on their part. As such, there is often tremendous cultural pressure for people with physical disabilities to remain hidden and out of the public eye. In many places, they are perceived to be monsters in need of healing.[3] This is the context to which Nigerian Paralympians engage both society and sport internally, in their own country.[4]

Following the success of the Nigerian team at the Paralympics in recent cycles, there were some changes in attitudes towards people with disabilities in the country. An idealized body in a Nigerian context sometimes became a superperson in their cyborg body, overcoming problems with corruption, lack of funding and other barriers to succeed at the highest level in society.[5]

Success at the 2012 Paralympic Games also assisted some Paralympians in becoming primary breadwinners, something they had not been able to accomplish prior to their medal winning achievements. They were able to do so in part because of the education they had attained.[6]

Nigeria was also a beneficiary of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)'s International Inspiration project as part of the LOCOG's efforts to leave a lasting impact as a result of the city hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A program was held in the country to train educators and coaches on how to be inclusive of people with disabilities and girls when delivering physical education programs. The program estimated 220,00 children would benefit from their efforts.[7] 800 teachers and coaches were trained when the program was active.[8]

Medals summary

Nigeria's Paralympic team in London won more medals than Nigeria's Olympic team in London. The country's Olympians failed to pick up a single medal.[9]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Yakubu Adesokan Powerlifting Men's 48 kg 30 August
 Gold Ivory Nwokorie Powerlifting Women's 44 kg 31 August
 Gold Esther Oyema Powerlifting Women's 48 kg 1 September
 Gold Joy Onaolapo Powerlifting Women's 52 kg 1 September
 Gold Loveline Obiji Powerlifting Women's 82.5 kg 4 September
 Gold Grace Anozie Powerlifting Women's +82.5 kg 5 September
 Silver Ikechukwu Obichukwu Powerlifting Men's 52 kg 31 August
 Silver Anthony Ulonnam Powerlifting Men's 56 kg 31 August
 Silver Ifeanyi Nnajiofor Powerlifting Men's 60 kg 1 September
 Silver Lucy Ejike Powerlifting Women's 56 kg 2 September
 Silver Folashade Oluwafemiayo Powerlifting Women's 75 kg 3 September
 Bronze Eucharia Iyiazi Athletics Women's shot put F57-F58 8 September
 Bronze Victoria Nneji Powerlifting Women's 67.5 kg 3 September


Eucharia Djelal won a bronze medal for Nigeria in the Women's Shot Put F57/58 event on September 6.[10]


Nigeria competed in powerlifting at the Barcelona Games, making their Paralympic debut in the sport.[9] By the end of the London Games, Norwegian powerlifters had amassed 15 Paralympic golds since they first started competing in the sport at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona.[9] They left London with 12 medals in the sport. Following the Games, Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi was quoted as saying that additional money would be funneled to the sport to build on the country's success in it.[9]

Table tennis

Nigeria was represented in table tennis by Segun Toriola. These were Toriola's sixth Paralympic Games.[11]


  1. ^ "Nigeria - 2012 Paralympic News, Athletes, Medals". LOCOG. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Views from around the world". BBC News. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Keith; Schantz, Otto J.; Schantz, Otto (1 January 2008). The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. ISBN 9781841262659.
  4. ^ Thomas, Gareth Martin; Banks, Tim (2013). "'We Aren't Racing a Fair Race': Rawls, Sen, and the Paralympic Games". Sociological Research Online. 18 (3): 14. doi:10.5153/sro.3123. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ Okoyea, Florence (2014). "Does Africa Dream of Androids?". Disability and the Global South. 1 (1): 64–84.
  6. ^ Nwanneka Onwuka, Lilian (2013). "Factors Enhancing Special Education: Implication on Child Development". Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS). 5 (5): 786–792. ISSN 2141-6990.
  7. ^ "PE & sport in schools". International Inspiration. London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Annual Review 2011–12: 16.
  8. ^ "Inclusion". International Inspiration. London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Annual Review 2011–12: 12.
  9. ^ a b c d "Nigeria's Nollywood winner and other Paralympic surprises". BBC News. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Paralympics results". BBC Sport. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  11. ^ Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games, BBC, 12 August 2016, retrieved 25 October 2016
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