Countries  -  Nigeria


Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 182 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. The country is viewed as a multinational state, as it is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba; these ethnic groups speak over 500 different languages, and are identified with wide variety of cultures. The official language is English. Nigeria is divided roughly in half between Christians, who live mostly in the southern part of the country, and Muslims in the northern part. A minority of the population practise religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to Igbo and Yoruba peoples.

Sports in Nigeria

Football is largely considered the Nigeria's national sport and the country has its own Premier League of football. Nigeria's national football team, known as the "Super Eagles", has made the World Cup on five occasions. They won the African Cup of Nations in 1980, 1994, and 2013,. They won the gold medal for football in the 1996 Summer Olympics (in which they beat Argentina) becoming the first African football team to win gold in Olympic Football.
Chioma Ajunwa
  became the first athlete in her country to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,  in the long jump. Nigeria won 23 olympic Medals (3 × Gold, 8 × Silver, 12 × Bronce). The most successful Sport was Athletics with 15 Medals than Boxing (6 Medals) Teakwondo(1), Football (1) and Weigthlifting (1).


Wrestling in Nigeria

The Headquarter of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation (NWF) is in Nigerias capitol in Abuja. Wrestling is a popular sport in some parts of Nigeria. For many tribes, wrestling is a traditional folk sports. A young Man who comes out  Victorious in a traditional wrestling is admired and respected by all ,He is seen as a Warrior or a distinguished  wrestler. Wrestlers are recognized in the tribal society have a high reputation. The most Olympic Style Wrestlers started with traditional styles. The Canadian Olympic gold medalist Daniel Igali has returned to his homeland and serves as president of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation also as chairman of the technical commission of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) and he became a member of the House of Assembly in Nigeria’s Bayelsa State in 2011.


Odunayo Adekuoroye                                                                                                               Ifeoma Iheanacho                                                                                             Sinivie Boltic

International Situation


The Nigerian Wrestling Federation  ist he second strongest Nation in Wrestling in Africa (behind Egypt). At  Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow Nigeria was the third best nation in wrestling (behind India and Canada). Because Nigeria is geographically so far away from the strong European Wrestling Nations, the international exchange was difficult and expensive. While European wrestlers set for an international tournament for a couple of hours on the bus, the South Africans have to fly halfway around the world. Despite this enormous disadvantage Nigerian wrestlers already achieved some notable successes.
Daniel Igali, is the most famous wrestler in Nigeria. Daniel Igali is Canada's first-ever gold medalist in Olympic wrestling. Igali grew up in Nigeria (Ijaw tribe) as one of 21 children. As captain of the Nigerian wrestling team he came to Canada to compete in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. He remained in the country while seeking refugee status due to political unrest in Nigeria. He acquired canadian citizenship in 1998.
Odunayo Adekuoroye competed in the women's freestyle 53 kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a gold medal and at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships where she won a bronze medal. She qualified for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Sinivie Boltic (born 2 July 1982 in Famgbe) competed in the freestyle 96 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was the flag bearer of Nigeria during the opening ceremony. 2010 he won Gold at the Commonwealth Games and 2011 at African Championships in Freestyle. Ifeoma Iheanacho  ist the most succesful female wrestler of africa. She won two bronce medals at the World Championships 2009 and 2010. Appah Macauley was 1984 Africa Champion and 5. at Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 90Kg Freestyle.  The current national coach Victor Kodei won 11 Africa Titles and reached Rank 6 at Olympic Games 1996 in Atlanta 90 Kg Freestyle.

Qualified for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Soso Tamarau                                                               and Amas Daniel (red Singlet).


National Situation

In some parts of Nigeria, Wrestling is a very popular Sport. For some Tribes wrestling is a traditional folk sports. The Most wrestlers of the Olympic Styles started with traditional wrestling.
By far the strongest wrestling team in the country is: Bayelsa State

1. Bayelsa State
2.Delta State
3.Ondo State
4. Nigerian Army

5. Cross River
6. Edo
7. Plateau
8.Ochei Club
10. Anambra


The headquarter of the Nationalteam is the High Performance Center in Abuja.
Headcoach Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Victor Kodei
female coach, Purity Akuh


Traditional Wrestling

The Igbo traditional wrestling is a very popular sport in the Igbo community. It is a practice and acknowledgement of skill and strength as well as promotion of indigenous language , culture , norms, values, and traditions by young, physically capable Igbo men. In Igbo Land a man is believed to prove his physical strength when he is able to fight off his aggressors and so wrestling shows strength and courage. Before the wresting season young men who will be competing train for months. A young Man who comes out  Victorious in a traditional wrestling is admired and respected by all ,He is seen as a Warrior or a distinguished  wrestler.

Traditional Wrestling sometimes are used to settle  local dispute and  conflict between two Villages .It is also Used to determine the right groom in cases where a young woman has many suitors, in such cases a wrestling match is arranged where all the suitors battle it out and whoever emerges victorious marries the woman .It is also a form of entertainment, usually the chief of the village and his chieftains are seated the villagers gather around the village square too to watch.

Wrestling matches take place in traditional rings ,a ring filled with sand which cushions their fall. A flute boy is present  to provide special tunes that stir the heart ,this is believed to give added strength to the weak, spectators are also present to cheer the wrestlers on and encourage them. The winner of the contest takes home a prize.









National Stadium Complex Package B, Abuja NIGERIA

President Daniel Igali


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