Nigeria’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, has been named among recipients of the maiden South-East Sports/Humanitarian Award of Excellence, billed to hold on December 2 and 3, 2022, at the gymnasium hall of the Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu.
Under the chairmanship of Senator Osita Izunaso, the programme is being packaged by the South-East Para Sports Forum.
With the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as a Special guest, the event coordinator, Mr. Silver Chinedu Ezeikpe, who is also Southeast region’s representative on the board of Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN), said apart from Chioma Ajunwa, all the Southeast governors would also be given awards.
According to Ezeikpe, the Merit Award is not for all comers as it is based on humanitarian and philanthropist services of those that have contributed to the development of Para-Sports, especially in the Southeast region of Nigeria.
He added that the recognition would propel the awardees to do more for humanity, as well as serve as a wake-up call to other well-meaning Nigerians, who are yet to see the need to help the needy in our society.