Rufina Ubah is that Nigerian Sprint Star who brought honours to Nigeria as the first Nigerian to win bronze medal for the country in an Olympic event.
In one of the relay matches at the Olympics, Rufina Ubah in a relay run took up the Barton for her side last and before you knew it, she had sprinted past other contestants, covering the delay caused by her colleague, who handed the Barton over to her and so she sprinted so fast to clinch the bronze medal for Nigeria.
Rufina Ubah, interestingly is from Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. She is among various sports legends from Imo State who made Nigeria proud at various sports events in the world.
It is unfortunate that sports legends are not celebrated in Nigeria. Once they win laurel for the country, the nation will celebrate what they won at that time and not themselves who won the price for the country. Next, they are forgotten forever.
The only Nigerian Head of State who has celebrated living Nigerian sports legends when he was on the throne is former President Goodluck Jonathan. He invited all living Nigerian legends to Aso Rock, Abuja, the seat of government, at a time. Rufina Ubah was there.
Rufinah Ubah is still very much agile till date. She was spotted in January, 2019, when she came in company of her siblings and other relations to celebrate their mother’s 87th birthday at Rockview Hotel, Government House Layout, Owerri.
Rufina Ubah will continue to be remembered for her agility and her selflessness, especially when it comes to undertaking national assignments. The way and manner by which she determinedly won the Olympics medal for Nigeria was highly appreciative. The zeal and determination with which she captured the price is worth celebrating at all times.
Other sports legends in Imo like Chioma Ajunwa, who won Gold Medal for Nigeria in long jump and others are equally forgotten.
There are so many sports men and women who did Nigeria proud in various sports events, such as Monday Odiaka, Christian Chukwu, Emmanuel Okala, Patrick Ekeji, Segun Odegbami, popularly referred to as the Mathematical Odegbami, Samson Siasia, Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Okocha, Daniel Amokachi, Sunday Olise and many others, who are not remembered in special ways today. This is unlike how sports legends are treated in other parts of the world.
Remembering Rufina Ubah is synonymous with remembering all sports legends in Imo in particular and in Nigeria in general. She is by so doing a reference point in remembering others in view of the peculiar manner in which she broke the jinx in the Olympics by winning the bronze medal, in the event that Nigeria never won any medal from, till that her spectacular performance.