Lucy Ejike is a powerlifting legend. The Nigerian has won Paralympic and world titles throughout her glittering career spanning almost two decades.
She has managed to become one of the best athletes in a country which is home to several of the world’s strongest powerlifters.
In 2018, Ejike secured gold at the African Championships in Algiers, Algeria, and silver in the women’s lightweight at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
A year before, she made her World Championship debut in Mexico City, claiming gold in the women’s up to 61kg.
Ejike has so far competed at five Paralympic Games between 2000 and 2016, winning a staggering three golds and two silvers.
She was Nigeria’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016. Later that year, she was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Nigeria Sports Awards.
"My secret is discipline and hard work," is her motto for sports and life.
She has paraplegia as a result of the effects of polio after contracting the illness at age one.