Nigeria is Africa’s most popular nation and there are Nigerians who have achieved both local and international fame through sports. Chioma Ajunwa is the first female Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal for Nigeria in Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Football (known as soccer in the United States) debuted officially as an Olympic sport in Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and the Nigerian Super Eagles won the first gold medal that year by beating the Argentine team.
If you are looking to get into sports in Nigeria, there are some sports where you are sure to face fierce competition if you want to earn a living from it and these sports are:
It is no secret that football is the most popular sport not only in Nigeria but all over Africa! There are so many young people who dream of being internationally recognized football players like Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha, Britain’s David Beckham and Brazil’s Pele. There are groups of youngsters on every street playing football at certain times of the day. There are even inter-street football matches where the winners would go home with a cash prize and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
Boxing is also a well known sport in Nigeria, and famous Nigerian boxers such as Bash Ali have paved the way for young Nigerian boxers. There are so many young boxers who hope to make it to the Olympics but a lot of them lack the necessary training tools and guidance to help them hone their boxing skills.
Basketball is a sport that is loved by a lot of young Nigerian boys and girls. Many public and private schools have basketball training facilities to help young basketball players polish their skills. Some companies even organize basketball clinics where professional basketball players train youngsters in the art of playing this world famous game.
Running is a sport that a lot of youngsters actively take part in. No school sport is complete without the athletics event. Aside from football, running is a sport with the fiercest competition. There are a lot of people who take part in this sport and many of them hope to make it to the Olympics, but only few ever get the chance to be picked to represent the country at the Olympics or Common Wealth Games.
This form of sports has become really popular over the past couple of years. Youths and even adults from all over the country take part in dancing competitions organized by top brands in Nigeria. Some competitions test the dancer’s skills in African dance, ballroom dance and other genre of dance. Some dance competitions are organized for the following category of participants:
- Secondary school students
- College students
- Families (father, mother, brothers and sisters)
- Hip hop dancers
- Salsa dancers
- Krumpers etc
Although there are other forms of sports in Nigeria, the aforementioned sports are well known to be quite popular and will not require special tools and equipment to practice.