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Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by robosky02(m): 9:44am On Jun 13, 2017
Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s first Olympic medallist,

Nojim Maiyegun, a former Nigerian Middleweight boxer and champion and also Nigeria`s first Olympic medallist, was born in February 21, 1944 in Lagos. He won the bronze medal in the men`s Light Middleweight (71 kg) category at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, becoming Nigeria`s first Olympic medalist.

Maiyegun, famously called Omo Oloja by fans, has spent more than half of his life in Austria where he had decided to settle since 1971 in order to attract more international fights.

1964 Tokyo Olympics where he won Nigeria’s first Olympic medal

Besides winning the Olympic medal, he won a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Kinston, Jamaica in 1966 and a few more medals which included an African Championship gold and a medal from the 1960 Independence celebration tournament.


Maiyegun’s dream of winning a world title was cut short by blindness.


He had to take up menial jobs to survive after his boxing career ended in Austria. He was employed as a street cleaner and janitor but had to be accompanied to carry out his duties. He worked for 28 years before retiring.

According to him, “I’m not sure what could have caused the blindness but doctors thought it could have been from punches on the head. It started partially, and at a point I had to fight a world championship title bout with the sight problem. I lost the fight on decision but it is on record that I am the first blind boxer to fight for a title. I could see with one eye then.”

Maiyegun is also on record to be the first completely blind man in Austria to climb a mountain 1,700 metres high and jump with a parachute.

His wife whom he married in 1962 and their three children live in London

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by NwaAmaikpe: 9:47am On Jun 13, 2017
sad

Emmanuel Ifeajuna we know.....



Who is this blind Bartimeus?

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Octevia: 9:49am On Jun 13, 2017
He was a legend




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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by delerx(m): 9:49am On Jun 13, 2017
The guy above me. Smh

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by chiefbidemi: 9:49am On Jun 13, 2017
In days past, boxing was such a dangerous sport. Thanks to advanced medicare, people can now engage in boxing with little health risk.
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by delerx(m): 9:49am On Jun 13, 2017
The guy above me sha. Smh

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by davodyguy: 9:50am On Jun 13, 2017
delerx:
The guy above me. Smh

is a crook and criminal that should be treated like Evans

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by robosky02(m): 9:50am On Jun 13, 2017
the labour of our heroes shall not be in vain
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Brahmaputra: 9:50am On Jun 13, 2017
NwaAmaikpe:
sad

Emmanuel Ifeajuna we know.....

Who is this blind Bartimeus?

The distance between an average Igbo man and envy of Yoruba is shorter than the shoe heels of the stiletto Ojukwu wore in disguise on his way to Abidjan.

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by olakunlea1(m): 9:50am On Jun 13, 2017
ai wz der!
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by NwaAmaikpe: 9:50am On Jun 13, 2017
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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Bolustical: 9:51am On Jun 13, 2017
Meanwhile in Magodo, someone is busy developing Lagos by collecting at least $1 million ransom from his kidnap victims.

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by robosky02(m): 9:51am On Jun 13, 2017
NwaAmaikpe:
sad

Emmanuel Ifeajuna we know.....



Who is this blind Bartimeus?


Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna (1935 – 25 September 1967) was the first Black African to win a gold medal at an international sports event when he won at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. His winning mark and personal best of 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) was a games record and a British Empire record at the time.


NOT THE OLYMPICS..... grin

nairaland is here to teach you open your mind and learn

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Nobody: 9:51am On Jun 13, 2017
delerx:
The guy above me sha. Smh
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by lfleak: 9:51am On Jun 13, 2017
NwaAmaikpe:
sad

Emmanuel Ifeajuna we know.....



Who is this blind Bartimeus?
Tell me the truth, you are pained!!

I feel the burn...

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Wizkhalifa2(m): 9:51am On Jun 13, 2017
grin

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by jeeqaa7(m): 9:52am On Jun 13, 2017
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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by jeeqaa7(m): 9:52am On Jun 13, 2017
okm
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by sod09(m): 9:54am On Jun 13, 2017
afonja always making us proud cheesy cheesy

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by hatbricker: 9:55am On Jun 13, 2017
NwaAmaikpe:
sad
Emmanuel Ifeajuna we know.....


Who is this blind Bartimeus?

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Husty(m): 9:55am On Jun 13, 2017
Afonja = Excellence

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by Nobody: 9:55am On Jun 13, 2017
But Nigeria did not help his life
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by free2ryhme: 9:56am On Jun 13, 2017
is nairaland about competition between the South east and South west on achievements undecided

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by robosky02(m): 9:57am On Jun 13, 2017
by the way boxing has always giving us medals and glory from day one


wish we can develop the sports and dominate the world

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by KINGwax007(m): 10:01am On Jun 13, 2017
john1902:
talk of winning and making money call or whatsapp me with the number in the picture below.....
guy, if u dey win 500,000 everyday, why come u come still dey hustle to collecte15k from others?

grin grin

Just thinking out loud sha...

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Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by donqx: 10:05am On Jun 13, 2017
good
Re: Personality Profile: Nojim Maiyegun, Nigeria`s First Olympic Medallist by remiopash: 10:05am On Jun 13, 2017
NwaAmaikpe:
sad

Emmanuel Ifeajuna we know.....



Who is this blind Bartimeus?
Ifeajuna was at University of Ibadan ,just like Ngozi Iweala attended St Anne's school ,Ibadan and International School ,Ibadan.So,nothing tangible written about his achievement as touching Olympic or boxing.He only came to learn from the real source of knowledge.

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