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By Naomi Saliu-Lawal
Special Olympics Nigeria athlete Solomon Jegede went to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this past summer. Since then, he said, “I feel like a star."
My story starts in the year 2002, the year my parents found out I had a severe mental disability. I always found sports difficult until I discovered the sport of netball. I was able to play this sport well and enjoyed it a lot.
Mr Deola Oladugba
Adeife Michael Adefemi
So wonderful and splendid to work with Special Olympics and as special Olympics Volunteer coach in Nigeria
Ms Dolapo Adedapo
Youth Summit Group
From the story in Ghana MMA: "Nigerian athletes will be participating in this year’s Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup taking place in South Africa. Billed to hold between October 3-6, the games will