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Nigeria Represented by Multiple Basketball MVPs

Nigeria Represented by Multiple Basketball MVPs

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Nigeria Represented by Multiple Basketball MVPs

Nigerian national pride is sure to be at an all time high, after two Nigerian athletes racked up MVP awards in both the NBA and WNBA respectively, just coming off of a historic victory over Team USA in the national team’s exhibition match last week. 

The Milwaukee Bucks closed out their season Tuesday evening in Game 6 of the NBA Championship Finals with a historic win over the Phoenix Suns. Greek-born Nigerian athlete Giannis Antetokounmpo was named NBA’s most valuable player after racking up 50 points in Tuesday night’s final game that ended 105-98, claiming a Championship title for Milwaukee for the first time in 50 years. During his post-game conference, Giannis made his love for his home countries explicitly clear, saying “I represent both my countries Nigeria and Greece, a lot of kids from there, this should make every person, every kid to believe in their dreams.” 

Additionally, in last week’s WNBA All-Star Game, 24-year-old Arike Ogunbowale who plays for the Dallas Wings led Team WNBA to victory against Team USA with a whopping 26 points scored to reach a 93-85 final. Afterwards, the Milwaukee-native born to Nigerian parents of Yoruba descent, was named WNBA All-Star Game MVP for 2021.

The United States Mission in Nigeria commended the duo of professional basketball players Antetokounmpo and Ogunbowale following their title wins, posting them on the mission’s Instagram account with their trophies and the caption: “DYK that both basketball #NBA & #WNBA MVPs are of Nigerian heritage?”

These high accolades for the young Nigerian athletes comes right after an incredible win by the national basketball team that stunned Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. In an exhibition match between the two countries on July 10, Nigeria came out with a 90-87 win, becoming the first African nation to ever beat 15-time Olympic basketball champions USA. Since professionals playing began in 1992, the Americans had a record of 54-2 in exhibition games and just five years ago had beaten Nigeria by 43 points in an exhibition, and by 83 points in the London Olympics. This year, Nigeria’s seven current NBA players including Gabe Vincent who plays for Miami Heat, brought home a historic exhibition win with powerful defense and successful 3-point shooting. 

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Nigeria Represented by Multiple Basketball MVPs

Nigerian national pride is sure to be at an all time high, after two Nigerian athletes racked up MVP awards in both the NBA and WNBA respectively, just coming off of a historic victory over Team USA in the national team’s exhibition match last week. 

The Milwaukee Bucks closed out their season Tuesday evening in Game 6 of the NBA Championship Finals with a historic win over the Phoenix Suns. Greek-born Nigerian athlete Giannis Antetokounmpo was named NBA’s most valuable player after racking up 50 points in Tuesday night’s final game that ended 105-98, claiming a Championship title for Milwaukee for the first time in 50 years. During his post-game conference, Giannis made his love for his home countries explicitly clear, saying “I represent both my countries Nigeria and Greece, a lot of kids from there, this should make every person, every kid to believe in their dreams.” 

Additionally, in last week’s WNBA All-Star Game, 24-year-old Arike Ogunbowale who plays for the Dallas Wings led Team WNBA to victory against Team USA with a whopping 26 points scored to reach a 93-85 final. Afterwards, the Milwaukee-native born to Nigerian parents of Yoruba descent, was named WNBA All-Star Game MVP for 2021.

The United States Mission in Nigeria commended the duo of professional basketball players Antetokounmpo and Ogunbowale following their title wins, posting them on the mission’s Instagram account with their trophies and the caption: “DYK that both basketball #NBA & #WNBA MVPs are of Nigerian heritage?”

These high accolades for the young Nigerian athletes comes right after an incredible win by the national basketball team that stunned Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. In an exhibition match between the two countries on July 10, Nigeria came out with a 90-87 win, becoming the first African nation to ever beat 15-time Olympic basketball champions USA. Since professionals playing began in 1992, the Americans had a record of 54-2 in exhibition games and just five years ago had beaten Nigeria by 43 points in an exhibition, and by 83 points in the London Olympics. This year, Nigeria’s seven current NBA players including Gabe Vincent who plays for Miami Heat, brought home a historic exhibition win with powerful defense and successful 3-point shooting. 

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