The annual NBA draft is coming out on Wednesday, and there are many Nigerians in the list. This is a huge deal for Nigeria, as seven players of Nigeria origin, two of which born in Nigeria, are in the mix for the 2020 NBA draft.
The NBA has always had Nigerian players in the league, like Michael Olowokandi (the first pick in the 1998 NBA draft), Hakeem Olajuwon, Yinka Dare, and the current MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo [Adetokunbo].
The prospects are Precious Achiuwa, Udoka Azubuike, Isaac Okoro, Onyeka Okongwu, Zeke Nnaji, Daniel Oturu, and Jordan Nwora.
According to Undefeated, if Precious Achiuwa and Udoka Azubuike, the only two Nigeria-born, are selected in the top 30, it would be the first time two players from Nigeria are selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft since 2000, which had two Nigerians, Josh Okogie and Festus Ezeli.
Meet the prospects:
Drafted 5th for the first round is Isaac Okoro, 19, who is described as “a powerful athlete on the wing who exceeded expectations”, “…he quickly carved out a role as a two-way difference-maker for Bruce Pearl’s Tigers as his combination of, strength, athleticism, aggressiveness, and budding offensive ability helped him contribute in a variety of ways”. His Dad, Godwin, emigrated from Nigeria to the United States in the 1980s. He was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers.
Next person of Nigerian descent on the list is 20-year old Onyeka Okongwu (Round 1, Pick 6), described as “a gifted athlete whose improved frame, budding feel inside, and versatility end helped him emerged as one of the most intriguing centre prospects in college basketball.” He wears No. 21 to honour his older brother, Nnamdi, who died after a skateboarding accident in 2014. Nnamdi wore 21 in high school. His mum, Kate, is a registered nurse who moved to the United States from Nigeria in 1999. He was drafted by Atlanta Hawks.
Next is 21-year-old Precious Achiuwa (Round 1, Pick 20), who is described as “the most athletic player available in the 2020 draft”. He was born in Port Harcourt, then moved to the United States in middle school. His mum, Eunice, and dad, Donatus, are both Pentecostal ministers. He was drafted by Miami Heat.
There is Zeke Nnaji, 20, (Round 1, Pick 22) who is described as “an agile big man with a strong motor who emerged as one of the bigger breakout stars in the freshman class in his single season at Arizona”. His Dad, Apham, is from Nigeria and a former near-Olympic decathlete. He was drafted by Denver Nuggets.
21-year-old Udoka Azubuike, (Round 1, Pick 27) is described as “solid athlete for his size with improved mobility”. Born in Nigeria and first came to the U.S. in ninth grade. Didn’t get to see his mom, Florence, again until she attended 2018 Final Four. He was drafted by Utah Jazz.
Next is Daniel Oturu, 21, (Round 2, Pick 33), described as “a strong big man with good length”, drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y, and his parents emigrated from Nigeria to the U.S. in 1990. His dad, Francis played for Nigeria’s national table tennis team.
The last pick is, Jordan Nwora, (Round 2, Pick 45) described as “an aggressive offensive forward”, drafted by Milwaukee Bucks. He has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Nigeria. His Dad, Alex, is the head coach of the Nigerian National Team and at Erie Community College.
This South African Beauty Enthusiast’s Morning Routine Is Way Simpler Than You’d Expect
South African celebrity and beauty enthusiast Amanda du Pont launched a beauty and wellness community called lelive and she kicked off the content with this easy, breezy video about her morning routine.
On her channel she said:
Here’s my simple morning routine. I really do hope you enjoy ❤️ This is the start of the amazing community my team and I have put together called lelive. A place where we as Africans can share all things positive to create the things we wish to see in the world. If you would like to share your routines, tips, traditions, recipes or meditations please tag us on socials and we would be thrilled to repost you there or on our youtube. I believe the future is about supporting each other and sharing what we know to help us feel better- outside and in! Please join lelive the honest and uplifting community…
Watch the full video below:
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Nollywood stars celebrate veteran actor, Dele Odule on his birthday
Veteran Nollywood actor, Dele Odule clocked 59 on the 23rd of November, 2020.
Taking to his Instagram page to celebrate himself, the multiple award winning actor wrote;
“Glory be to God for the grace of adding another beautiful year. +1 today”
Quite a number of people in the movie industry also took out time to celebrate the iconic actor on social media.
See some of their birthday messages below;
Taiwo Hassan Ogogo wrote “To who gives much, such should expect much back I return… Happy birthday to my decade friend, Brother and colleague… Only the devine can appreciate and bless you for me ọgbẹni Dele odule… I love you , your energy and your power to support… On this day I celebrate with you and your entire household… Happy birthday again. Please my fans and family help me follow and wish @deleodule_ a happy birthday.”
mustiphasholagbade wrote “Birthday blessings daddy”
kunleafod wrote “Happy wonderful birthday my mentor long life and prosperity”
yeyetoyintomato wrote “I join millions of ur family, friends and fans all over d world in celebrating ur birthday today, as u add another year today, God almighty will grant u wisdom to witness more fruitful and prosperous years ahead, amen. Congratulations omo baami tailor!!!”
adediwurablarkgold wrote “Happy Birthday Sir “
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Nicki Minaj Calls Out Grammys; Accuses Them Of Racism
Popular American rapper, Nicki Minaj, has finally spoken regarding the fact that she does not have a Grammy award despite her level of influence and recognition as a hip hop artist.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday following the 63rd Grammy nominations on November 24, the new mother of one accuses the Recording Academy of racism.
Read Also: Nicki Minaj Celebrates 10 Years Of Her First Studio Album, ‘Pink Friday’
In her words:
“Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade – went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday”
See her tweet below:
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