Ndidi Nwosu, one of Nigeria’s Paralympic Gold Medalist has died from complications of a spine injury.
Queen Uboh, Former President of the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation announced the death of Ndidi Nwosu in a report to newsmen.
According to Uboh, Ndidi sustained a spine injury at the 2018 Commonwealth games held in Australia which caused her untimely demise.
“Ndidi sustained an injury from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She was a heavyweight powerlifter. 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.
“I sent some money to Nwosu to start a petty business but she couldn’t manage it with her poor health.
“She had 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.
The former President of the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation described Ndidi as an easy-going Champion.
“She was a very quiet powerlifter and that’s why many people really didn’t know her. Ndidi became a professional powerlifter 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.”
Reacting to Nwosu’s demise, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare eulogized the late star saying her podium performances “etched and ranked the name of her fatherland- Nigeria- amongst the countries parading great para powerlifters on the international scene.”