Track and field legend Modupe Oshikoya in Nigeria for mum’s burial

Modupe Oshikoya retired Nigerian athlete

California-based retired track and field athlete Modupe Oshikoya is in Nigeria for the burial of her mum.

Veteran sports journalist and media entrepreneur Gboyega Okegbenro shared a picture with the 67-year-old on Facebook on Thursday.

“Nigeria’s track and field legend, Modupe Oshikoya, still as fit, athletic and strong as ever.

“Spent quality time with her this afternoon, in company with my buddy, her younger brother, Engr. Kemi Oshikoya,” Mr Okegbenro wrote.

He added that the lady, whom he calls “Big Sis”, sent “warm greetings to all her fans all over Nigeria, especially fellow Olympians and the entire sports family.”

A product of Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Oshikoya is one of the greatest athletes Nigeria ever produced; competing in sprint, long jump, high jump and heptathlon.  

Oshikoya won three gold medals – 100 m hurdles, high jump and long jump – at the 1973 The African Games (formerly known as All Africa Games) in Lagos.

She became the first Nigerian woman to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games courtesy of her 6.46m leap in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1974.

Oshikoya won two other medals – bronze in 100m hurdles and silver in pentathlon  – in Christchurch to become the first and so far only Nigerian to win three medals in three distinctive events at the Commonwealth Games.

She won two more gold medals – high jump and long jump – at the 1978 Algiers African Games.

In all, she won five African Games gold medals.