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INSPIRATIONAL ABROAD: Nigerian-AMERICAN, AL-FAROUQ AJIEDE AMINU is Reigning United States Professional Basketball Player…Signs $30million Contract with Portland Trail Blazers *Earlier played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game *Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010 NBA draft with eighth overall pick *Recorded 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on April 17, 2013 *Won with the D’Tigers of Nigeria the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship (AfroBasket) in Tunisia by defeating Angola 74–65 *Played in Los Angeles Clippers (2010–2011), New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2011–2014), Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015), Portland Trail Blazers (2015–present) BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRATIONAL ABROAD: Nigerian-AMERICAN, AL-FAROUQ AJIEDE AMINU is Reigning United States Professional Basketball Player…Signs $30million Contract with Portland Trail Blazers *Earlier played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition...

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, AKBAR OLUWAKEMI-IDOWU GBAJA-BIAMILA Making Waves in Hollywood…His American Ninja Warrior show Receives 2nd EMMY Nomination Award as Best Reality Competition Series *Former professional American football player works as Sports Analyst for the NFL Network *Basketball Star, teammates won back-to-back City and State Championships in 1996 and 1997 *Named team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, compiling 11 sacks and 74 tackles in his senior campaign *HIS Yoruba Heritage, Nigerian ancestry, Biological Parental links to Bolatito(Mother), Mustapha(Father) Revealed *PLUS How He played College Football at San Diego State University BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, AKBAR OLUWAKEMI-IDOWU GBAJA-BIAMILA Making Waves in Hollywood…His American Ninja Warrior show Receives 2nd EMMY Nomination Award as Best Reality Competition Series *Former professional American football...

INSPIRING: Nigerian American, AKIN AYODELE Reigns in American Football as a Linebacker…Played for Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills…Studied at Purdue University and Coffeyville Community College *Received second-team NJCAA All-American, All-Jayhawk and Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors *Selected in the third round (89th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars *PLUS how he reunites with former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, who was the team’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRING: Nigerian American, AKIN AYODELE Reigns in American Football as a Linebacker…Played for Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills…Studied at Purdue University and Coffeyville Community College *Received...

RE-BRANDING NIGERIA IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S Igbo Lady, CHIOMA UBOGAGU, Most Famous in Orlando City Soccer Club in Florida…British-American Forward plays for National Women’s Soccer League * Earlier glows as Arsenal Football Club Ladies forward in Britain *Named the 2010 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year *Represented United States at the U18, U20 and U23 levels *Won FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Women’s U20 Championship in 2012, scoring the championship-winning goal *Made 21 appearances for Gunners, scoring seven times including goals in both her debut and final matches. * PLUS how her grandfather Austin Eneuke played as a former Nigeria and Tottenham Hotspur player BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

RE-BRANDING NIGERIA IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S Igbo Lady, CHIOMA UBOGAGU, Most Famous in Orlando City Soccer Club in Florida…British-American Forward plays for National Women’s Soccer League * Earlier glows as Arsenal Football Club...

FALLOUT OF LAGOS@50: ‘LAGOS State Speaker, Rt Honorable Mudashiru Obasa called me to Apologise for Oversight in Honorees’ List’-BASH Ali, Nigeria’s oldest boxing champion *Confesses program was a privately-sponsored event *Promised to under-write all my expenses from my destination to-and-fro Lagos * ‘It was not done deliberately to spite me’ * ‘There is a HUGE picture of me under National Stadium bridge’ BY KUNLE AYORINDE/SPORTS REPORTER, LAGOS

FALLOUT OF LAGOS@50: ‘LAGOS State Speaker, Rt Honorable Mudashiru Obasa called me to Apologise for Oversight in Honorees’ List’-BASH Ali, Nigeria’s oldest boxing champion *Confesses program was a privately-sponsored event *Promised...

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Nigeria’s SPORTS Minister is Corrupt, Clueless, Incompetent and Dumb’-Bash Ali, Nigeria’s Boxing Legend/World Champion …’Why President BUHARI should SACK him’ *Says: ‘Sports Administration in Nigeria is DEAD’ *I am the OLDEST boxer, OLDEST boxing champion in the world *PLUS: What Anthony Joshua, British Unified Champion must do to maintain his lead BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Nigeria’s SPORTS Minister is Corrupt, Clueless, Incompetent and Dumb’-Bash Ali, Nigeria’s Boxing Legend/World Champion …’Why President BUHARI should SACK him’ *Says: ‘Sports Administration...

TRENDING: Nigerian born Britain’s Gold Medalist, Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Ukrainian’s Klitschko…Wins IBF, WBA and IBO World Heavyweight Champion *Displays the Resilience Power of Nigerians in 11th Round for Victory *Wow 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium *Won 19 straight boxing matches *Hailed as the biggest fight night ever staged in United Kingdom Ring * “I did not know how I was knocked down. The best man won tonight and it’s a massive event for boxing. Two gentlemen fought each other. Anthony was better today”-Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko BY ISABEL KENNEDY/SPORTS WRITER, EUROPE

TRENDING: Nigerian born Britain’s Gold Medalist, Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Ukrainian’s Klitschko…Wins IBF, WBA and IBO World Heavyweight Champion *Displays the Resilience Power of Nigerians in 11th Round for Victory *Wow 90,000...

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian born British Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 Coach, UGO EHIOGU dies of Heart ATTACK 48 Hours Ago…Tottenham Hotspur Management mourn passage of 44 year old Former England and Aston Villa defender *Collapsed 20 minutes on training field, Faced Life and Death on the pitch * ‘‘Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club’-John McDermott, Tottenham head of development * “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club, Ugo’s presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, Gemma, and his family”-Tottenham Hotspur * Tottenham and Chelsea players wore black armbands in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday with a minute’s applause for Ehiogu *Tributes pour in from around the world to the widow, son and Tottenham Hotspur BY JUDE ORAKU/SPORTS EDITOR, UNITED KINGDOM

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian born British Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 Coach, UGO EHIOGU dies of Heart ATTACK 48 Hours Ago…Tottenham Hotspur Management mourn passage of 44 year old Former England and Aston Villa defender *Collapsed 20 minutes...

INSPIRING STORY OF A NIGERIAN BILLIONAIRE: HAKEEM Olajuwon, Nigerian born ‘Dreamer’ American Basketball Legend Networth hits $200million….Retires into Real-estate dealer in Houston, turns successful Instructor for NBA players * Lagos native was only player in NBA history to win NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP awards in the same season *Famous as cornerstone of the Houston Rockets for 17 of his 18 NBA seasons *Starts playing basketball at 15 years old in Muslim Teachers College Lagos * How he made over $100 million profits from lawful Real estate business in Texas *Attracts NO SINGLE scandal on-and-outside the pitch *PLUS How he emigrated to United States to play basketball at University of Houston BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INSPIRING STORY OF A NIGERIAN BILLIONAIRE: HAKEEM Olajuwon, Nigerian born ‘Dreamer’ American Basketball Legend Networth hits $200million….Retires into Real-estate dealer in Houston, turns successful Instructor for NBA players...

‘Taribo West is Alive, Hale and Hearty’-Victor Ikpeba …Team Mates: ‘Evil Wishers Are Enemies of Nigeria’ *Dismissed Death rumour as LIES, Blackmail and Hoax * ‘To Tweet Taribo West is Dead without 100% Sure of Authenticity Baffles Me’-Kayode Tijani

‘Taribo West is Alive, Hale and Hearty’–Victor Ikpeba …Team Mates: ‘Evil Wishers Are Enemies of Nigeria’ *Dismissed Death rumour as LIES, Blackmail and Hoax * ‘To Tweet Taribo West is Dead without 100%...