Finally, Nigerian Paralympic team receives YNaija award

Staff Writer, YNaija Tolu Omoyeni (left); Paralympic gold medalists Kehinde Paul, Bose Omolayo, and Managing Editor, YNaija Isime Esene during the award presentation in Lagos.

Following their emergence as Person Of the Year in December, Paralympic gold medalists, Kehinde Paul and Bose Omolayo were at the Y!/ office on Monday, January 30, to receive the award on behalf of their teammates. The team was last December selected among a shortlist of nominees including AY Makun, Peter Obi, Wizkid, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, Bukky Shonibare, The Chibok Girls and others.

“We are really happy that our efforts have been recognised by you. It will only encourage us to do more,” said Kehinde Paul, who twice broke the Powerlifting World Record at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bose Omolayo, the Nigerian Power lifter, who broke her own World Record in the Women’s 79kg event, accompanied him.

Team Nigeria finished seventeenth on the medals table with an impressive haul of 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Comedian, AY Makun won the popular vote following a poll, which ran for one month while the Paralympic team was picked by the Editorial Board of the newspaper for their outstanding performance at the Rio Games against all odds.

“The Paralympic team represents the determination of the everyday Nigerian to succeed despite the odds stacked against him. Their consistent performance at the global games is a testament to what we can achieve when we put our minds and body to it,” said Isime Esene, managing editor of

“The sheer grit displayed by these athletes will serve to inspire many others to excel in the face of perceived limitations.”

The Y!/ Person of the Year is awarded to individuals, who have most visibly influenced the Nigerian society for good in the past year, breaking new boundaries or consolidating on gains – and driving the advancement of the public, especially young people.

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