2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro Ndidi Nwosu is dead. The Gold Medalist who also won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia died in Owerri Imo state on March 1, 2020 following complications arising from a lung infection. .
The former President of the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation Ms. Queen Uboh made this known in a telephone chat from her base in Canada.
According to Uboh, the husband of the late powerlifter Ikechukwu Nwosu called her to convey the sad news of her athlete.
“Ndidi sustained an injury from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She was a heavy weight power lifter. I had actually assisted by paying for two of the surgeries she had in Owerri but after the surgery, she was never the same again.
“She had been off and on in the hospital and that was why she couldn’t take part in this last World Cup.
“Even before she died, she appeared to me in the dream. She told me not to leave her family and that I was still her mummy despite not being the Powerlifting President anymore. So when the husband called me to inform me of her passing, I knew already because she had appeared to me in the dream”.
Photographs from her Facebook page.
The former Powerlifting President revealed that after her surgery, she sent some money to Ndidi Nwosu to start a petty business but she couldn’t manage it with her poor health.
“She called me to say she couldn’t sustain the business because she couldn’t move about anymore and moreover, she was using the money to buy drugs”.
Ms. Uboh described the late Ndidi Nwosu as a down to earth person. “She was a very quiet power lifter and that’s why many people really didn’t know her. Ndidi became a professional power lifter in 2008 and won gold in the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 and also at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It was at the Commonwealth Games that she sustained an injury which affected her spine.
She’s also a world record holder which she set in Australia after lifting 120kg as well and set a new record at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after she lifted 140kg in the 73kg women’s class.
She won Bronze in the Mexico City World Cup in 2017.
Former Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung “I wish to express my deepest sympathy on the death of a shining star, powerlifting Gold Medalist and world record holder, Ndidi Nwosu.
“I also sympathize with the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation, sports loving Nigerians and her immediate family members on the death of one of Nigeria’s best power lifter”.
According to the former Minister, Ndidi was a young woman who tried her best to put Nigeria’s name on the world map of sports.
- Eniola Olatunji.