Blessing Oborududu is a Nigerian freestyle wrestler. She is second in the world for women wrestlers and is the first woman from Nigeria to win an Olympic medal at the Olympic Games. She has been ten-time African Champion since 2010 to 2020.
Oborududu was invited to the national wrestling team camp in 2007 after noticing her impressive performances in school. Her parents were originally against her aspirations to become a wrestler and advised that it would be for boys only, but she persisted despite their worries.
She idolized a Canadian-Nigerian wrestler named Daniel Igali. He was the first person from Nigeria to win an Olympic wrestling medal. She has won a gold medal at the African wrestling championships every year for the past 11 years except 2012 when she did not compete due to her participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In the 2012 Olympics, she competed in the 63kg freestyle category. She lost to Monika Mihalik and then won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
She also competed in the women’s middleweight division at the 2016 Summer Olympics, but lost to Soronzonboldyn Batzeg in the second round. She then won gold at
the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games and again at 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the Women’s 64-68 kg Freestyle Wrestling Event.
A girl qualified for the Olympics in 2021. She will represent Nigeria at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. In June 2021, she won a silver medal at the Poland Open in Warsaw, Poland.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
On August 3, 2021, she won the silver medal in the women’s 68kg weight category after she defeated American Tamira Mensah-Stock 4-1. She became the first Nigerian to win an Olympic wrestling medal. Later, she also won Nigeria’s first silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.