9 Powerful Athletes who are Nigerian
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Sports is one of the most profitable industries. Today’s global sports industry valued between $480-$620 billion. Here are some of the most recognizable athletes who were born to at least 1 Nigerian parent!
Alexander Chuka Iwobi is a 23-year-old Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal and the Nigeria national team.
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE is a British professional boxer. He is a former unified world heavyweight champion having held the WBA, IBF and WBO titles between 2016 and 2019.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) born to Nigerian parents. Nearly 7 feet tall, Antetokounmpo’s combination of size, speed and ball-handling skills led to his nickname the “Greek Freak”.
Victor Moses is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger on either flank for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe, on loan from Chelsea of the Premier League.
Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru (born 5 June 1997) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Everton and the Nigeria national team. The sports star also recently tied the knot in Benin, Nigeria.
Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi (born 16 December 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team as a midfielder. He also wedded his girlfriend of two years in May.
According to The Nation, Joseph Imeh has been ranked as the best Nigerian Tennis player in the rating released by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)
Quadri Aruna is a Nigerian table tennis player. He competed for Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics. At the World Cup 2014, he reached the quarter-finals in the Men’s Singles competition. Read his feature on Konbini here.
Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump and a world medalist in the 200 metres.