The Ogun state native came back with a vengeance to write her name in gold with her second effort of 105kg and her third attempt of 107kg, but she did it in style with 117kg in her fourth attempt, coming near to the world record of 118kg to win the first medal for Team Nigeria in Tokyo.
Latifat Tijani was a gold medallist at the 2015 Africa Games in Brazzaville and a silver medalist at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, will compete in the women's 45kg straight gold medal event on the same day.
Yakubu Adesokan of Team Nigeria missed out on a podium spot in the men's 49kg Powerlifting event.
With the best lift of 155kg, he came in fourth place.
On his final try to take bronze from Azerbaijan's Parvin Mammadov, who lifted 156kg, Adesokan attempted 161kg but failed.