President Muhammadu Buhari has bestowed a national honor, the Order of the Niger (OON), on Common Wealth and World Athletic Championship medalist, Tobi Amusan.
The award honors the record-breaking hurdler’s performance at the Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships.
Amusan received the award on Thursday at the State House in Abuja, during a reception honoring Team Nigeria’s delegation to the Commonwealth Games and the World Athletics Games.
Speaking at the occasion, President Buhari appreciated the Athletes for providing Nigerians with thrilling moments during the two games.
Team Nigeria members will receive N200 million for their efforts at the two championships.
Amusan has made remarkable progress in the last few months breaking the World 100m Hurdles record at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA, to become the first Nigerian World Champion.
She broke the World 100m Hurdles record at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA, to become the first Nigerian World Champion.
The 25-year-old athlete also broke the Commonwealth Games Game Record in the 100m hurdles and the Meeting Record in successfully defending her Diamond League 100m Hurdles title.
Ese Brume, a long jumper who won gold in the Commonwealth Games and set a game record to earn silver at the World Athletics Championships, was also given a national honor.
Folashade Oluwafemiayo, a para powerlifter, was also awarded a national honor.
She won gold at both the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and the Glasgow 2022 Commonwealth Games by setting new world records in the Women’s 68 kg division.