2015 Success story of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation


The Nigeria Wrestling Federation led by Daniel Igali recorded an outstanding performance in the year 2015, winning both national and international recognition.

In May 2015, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation attended the African Wrestling Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

The federation went with the Freestyle, Greco Roman and Female categories winning a total of won eight (8) medals.

In the Freestyle, the female duo of Blessing Oborodudu (63kg) and Odunayo Adekuoroye (53kg), a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, won gold medals, with Blessing winning her fifth straight African title.


Silver medals were won by Aminat Adeniyi (58kg) and Amas Daniel (86kg), whilst Saso Tamara (86kg) and Ebikewenimi Welson (57kg) won bronze medals

In the Greco-Roman style, Emmanuel Nwori (75kg) and Ituru Oke (66kg) won bronze medals in their class.

Next is the All Africa Games trials held on the 1st -3rd August in Abuja, where two National Champions were defeated by new comers; Robinson Parkinson 59Kg dethroned Moronye Christopher a 7years holder of the category


while Another shocker was in the 75Kg as Tochukwu Okeke (Nigeria Army) defeated former champion Perefagba Koribien to book a place at the All African Games.


In the female category, Mercy Genesis 48Kg became the new champion of the weight category.


Other national champions retained their various categories’.

The World Championship held in Las Vegas.

The Federation initially planned to feature two female wrestlers; Six times Africa Champion Blessing Oborududu and Odunayo Adekuoroye.

Blessing Oborududu was eventually ruled out for two (2) weeks by the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) due to a minor injury she sustained during a training session in Abuja, leaving Adekuoroye as the only Nigeria representative.


The Ondo born wrestler repaid Nigeria with a good coin by winning a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championship and securing a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. She is the second Nigerian to win a bronze medal after Ifeoma Iheanacho who has won it two times.

Las Vegas Adekuoroye

All Africa Games in Congo; Igali read a riot act on the wrestler to emulate Nigeria wrestlers who went to the AAG in 1991 winning all gold medals.

 Nigeria wrestler went off the grid by winning a total number of 19 medals; 9 Gold, 5 silver and 5 Bronze.

The technical crews were thrown into confusion after all the female wrestler featured in the finals, winning 5 Gold and 3 silver medals.

Debutant, Mercy Genesis​ (48Kg), 2015 World Wrestling bronze medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye​ (53Kg), Opuene Patience (55Kg), 2014 commonwealth gold medalist,  Aminat Adeniyi​ (55Kg) and six times Africa champion, Blessing Oborududu​ (63Kg) secured  5 gold medals for team Nigeria while; Reuben Hannah​ (69Kg), Ebi James (60Kg) and Blessing Onyebuchi​ (75Kg) had silver medals.

team wre

Aminat Adeniyi redeemed her title after losing it at the Africa Championship in Cairo.

In the Greco Roman, Emmanuel Nworie (71Kg) broke a 20 years record set by his coach, Godswill Tiebri after winning gold medal, Oke Ituru (66Kg) silver, while debutant Abraham Onyemelusi (80Kg) and Nathaneil Samuel (85Kg) won bronze medals.

Emmanuel and Godwill

In male freestyle, Gold, Daniel Amas (61Kg), Melvin Bibo (74Kg) and Soso Tamara (97Kg); Silver Sinivie Boltic 125Kg and Bronze; Welson Ebikewenimo 57Kg, Clerkson Sampson (65Kg)  and Dick Adibo (86Kg).

Golden Grand Prix 2015; Odunayo Adekuoroye continued her fine form under the tutelage of Female head coach, Purity Akuh by winning a bronze medal defeating Anjela DOROQAN (AZE) by Technical Fall, 10-0, making her the most sought after Nigeria female wrestler.

Adekuoroye 53Kg

Pro Wrestling League; after winning medals at the World Wrestling Championship and Golden Grand Prix, Team Mumbai decided to sign a Two (2) years deal with the lanky Ondo born wrestler.

Adekuoroye open the eyes of India to a different style of wrestling as she break dances before and after her bout; making the India spectator label her the “Dancing Wrestler”.

She defeated Ukraine’s Tatyana Kit in the finals of the maiden edition of the league.

It will be recalled that Tatyana 55Kg fought at the World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas securing a bronze medal and placing 3rd in the world.

Adekuoroye was crowned best female wrestler at the just concluded League.

Best Wrestler 1

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation ended on a high note as aLL attention will be tilted towards the Olympics as Odunayo Adekuoroye remains the Only Nigerian Wrestler to have secured a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.



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