In a remarkable display of skill, determination, and sheer excellence, Mariam Eniola Bolaji, Nigeria’s badminton sensation, emerged triumphant in the 5th Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International 2023, clinching the gold medal in the Women’s Singles SL3 category. Bolaji’s outstanding performance not only secured victory for herself and Nigeria but resonated as a beacon of pride for the entire African continent.
Facing off against the world’s best and top-ranked players, Bolaji navigated through intense competition, reaching the pinnacle by defeating the world number one, Syakuroh Qonitah Ikhtiar from Indonesia, in a thrilling final that extended to three sets.
In an exclusive interview with BCA TV after her historic win, Bolaji shared her elation, expressing,
“This victory is not only for me and Nigeria but for Africa as a whole. I am extremely proud to have achieved such a result by defeating the world number one. The journey continues, and I hope to maintain the same drive and motivation in my future tournaments which forms part of the Road to the Paris Paralympic Games 2024. I would like to thank the BCA and my federation for the trust”.
Bolaji’s recent triumph in Dubai adds another glorious chapter to her stellar year, where earlier, she clinched gold in two major tournaments: the Uganda Para International 2023 and the Africa Para Championships 2023. Bolaji specializes in the Women’s Singles SL3 category, showcasing her exceptional talent and dominance on the court.
As Bolaji continues to make waves on the international stage, her success becomes a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes across Africa. Her commitment to excellence and perseverance exemplify the true spirit of a champion, and her journey promises to be one filled with more achievements and milestones.
With eyes set on future tournaments and the Paris Paralympic Games in 2024, Mariam Eniola Bolaji stands as a shining example of African badminton talent, leaving an indelible mark on the global para-badminton landscape. Congratulations to Bolaji on this incredible feat, and may her journey inspire many more to follow in her footsteps.