Nigeria made its debut in the Games in 1950 winning a silver in the Men’s High Jump competition. Medal success has been achieved in every Games that they have taken part in with Victoria in 1994 being the most successful to date with thirty seven podium places bringing eleven gold, thirteen silver and thirteen bronze. Their most recent performance in Glasgow 2014 almost matched this record, with thirty six medals – including two sensational golds for Blessing Okagbare (pictured) in the Women’s 100m and 200m.
Success has traditionally come in six sporting disciplines with athletics and boxing being good sources of medals. At the 2006 Games in Melbourne the Nigerians took home seventeen medals with three of their four gold medals won by Para Sport athletes. Success continued in Delhi in 2010 with a haul off thirty three medals, eleven of which were gold. Para Sport events continued to be a good source for medals including in the Mens and Womens Powerlifting Bench Press events.
The country's National Olympic Committee was established in 1951 and they have responsibility for organising Nigeria's participation in the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.