Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye is a freestyle and multi-award-winning wrestler from Nigeria. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she won a gold medal in the women’s freestyle 53 kg event, and the 2015 World Wrestling Championships, where she earned a bronze medal. At the 2017 World Wrestling Championships women’s freestyle 55 kilos, she took home the silver medal.
Odunayo Adekuoroye was born on December 10th, 1993 in Ilutitun, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Odunayo’s career started when she competed in the cadet division at Nigeria’s 15th National Sports Festival, which was held in Ogun State. Adekuoroye was placed fourth in the women’s 57 kg wrestling division by United World Wrestling in March 2019. She added a gold medal to the bronze she had won at the World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas in 2015 by defeating Nina Menkenova of Russia in the final of the 55 kg women’s freestyle at the 2016 Golden Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.
She was ranked first by United World Wrestling (UWW) in 2017 for the women’s freestyle 55 kg category and later won the silver medal in that weight division after barely losing to Japan’s Haruna Okuno in the final of the 2017 World Wrestling Championship, held in Paris, France.
Odunayo Adekuoroye, a 2019 German Grand Prix Championship competitor, took part and took home gold. Adekuoroye won the Dormagen tournament’s 57 kg weight class in women’s freestyle without dropping a point, and she also defeated Hungarian Anna Szell by a score of 10-0 in the final. She then won a bronze medal in the 57 kg division at the 2019 Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series competition in Ruse, Bulgaria.
After competing in the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series tournament and the German Grand Prix in Ruse, Bulgaria, Adekuoroye competed in the 2019 African Wrestling Championships in Hammamat, Tunisia, where she defeated Cameroon’s Essone Tiako in the women’s freestyle event final in 29 seconds. She received the title of the competition’s top female wrestler and won the gold medal in the 57 kg division in a Yasar Dogu Ranking series competition in Istanbul, Turkey, in July 2019 after defeating Tetyana Kit of Ukraine 10-0 in the final.
At the 2020 African Wrestling Championships, she took home the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 57 kg division. She earned the gold medal in the Baraza Champion of Champions wrestling competition in 2021, which took place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. She won the gold medal in her competition at the 2021 Poland Open, which took place in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2021.
At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, she represented Nigeria. She participated in the women’s 57 kg competition but lost to Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in the first round of competition. She won one of the bronze medals in her competition at the Rome, Italy-hosted Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series 2022.
The Commonwealth Games Experience
Odunayo initially took part in the Commonwealth Tournament in 2010 while representing Team Nigeria in India. At age 17, she took home the bronze medal in the 48 kg division. She won the women’s freestyle 53 kg gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games by defeating Indian Sehrawat Lalita in the final.
Adekuoroye competed in the Women’s Freestyle 57 kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where she defeated Pooja Dhanda of India to earn her second Commonwealth gold medal, and at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Adekuoroye defeated India’s Anshu Malik to win his third gold medal overall.
She lost to Sofia Mattsson of Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals in 2016.
Odunayo also runs a fashion business which is also into footwear production; the majority of Odunayo’s income came from her Yeezy sneakers. Despite overstating the size of her company over the years, she made enough money from her job to be considered one of the highest celebrity payouts ever. Her primary source of income comes primarily from her accomplishments as a wrestler.
- Silver medal – second place, 2017 Paris, Freestyle 55 kg
- Bronze medal – third place, 2015 Las Vegas, Freestyle 53 kg
- Bronze medal—third place, 2019 Nur-Sultan, Freestyle 57 kg.
Islamic Solidarity Games
- Gold medal – first place, 2021 Konya, 59 kg
- Gold medal – first place, 2014 Glasgow, Freestyle 53 kg
- Gold medal – first place, 2018 Gold Coast, Freestyle 57 kg
- Gold medal – first place, 2022 Birmingham, Freestyle 57 kg
- Bronze medal – third place, Delhi, 2010; Freestyle 48 kg
Odunayo is a professional wrestler from Nigeria. She is ranked as one of the best and greatest in the world. She has an estimated net worth of $2 million.