A Look at Nigeria’s Blossoming Basketball Culture

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  • African Hoop Dreams
  • Hometown Hero
  • The Game Changer
  • Training the Next Generation
  • Aspiring to Dunk
  • Teach Them Young
  • Pay It Forward
  • Hope for the Future
  • A Good Education
  • Spreading Like Wildfire
  • Nigerian Franchises
  • Each One Teach One
  • Impressive Players
  • How to Make a Living on the Court
  • Presidential Advice
  • Sponsorships
  • Abiodun Francis Ayetimiyi
  • Work Hard, Play Hard

Hometown Hero

Throughout his legendary career with the Houston Rockets, the two-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon proved that Nigerians could play just as well as their American counterparts. Now, about 30 years after a young Olajuwon left his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, to pursue the American pastime seriously, a new generation of Nigerian hopefuls has discovered a passion for the sport.

(Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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