American-born basketball star Chiney Ogwumike speaks on what the Nigerian culture means to her and family

Chiney says she and her sisters were raised with Nigerian culture.

Chiney Ogwumike and her sisters were born in America to Nigerian parents (Instagram/Chiney Ogwumike)

American-born basketball star Chiney Ogwumike is preparing to play for Nigeria at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Having played for the United States in big tournaments, Ogwumike wrote a petition to FIBA with a clearance letter from US Basketball to switch her international allegiance to Nigeria.

The petition has been successful, and the former WNBA Rookie of the Year is ready to play for Nigeria.

Born and raised in America to Nigerian parents, the 29-year-old and her three sisters Nneka, Olivia and Erica first started gymnastics in school.

They didn't do that well in gymnastics, and a friend of their mum suggested they take up a tall girl sport.

That is how they started playing basketball. Now three of them are pro-ballers, with Chiney in the same team with her older sister Nneka.

"Nigerian culture is very important to us, but we always say we are very fortunate to have the best of both worlds. Bing Nigerian and American, exploring both avenues of our heritage," Chiney said in the latest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.

Chiney is hoping to do something for her Nigerian roots after her appeal to play for the African country was granted.

However, her place in the D'Tigress squad is still in doubt as she was only granted a place as a naturalized player.

She has appealed to be granted full citizenship as only one naturalized player is allowed in a country's Olympic roster.

Topics:

Recommended articles

“He has been the best left-back in the league so far, Cardiff manager hails Jamilu Collins after unfortunate injury

“He has been the best left-back in the league so far," Cardiff manager hails Jamilu Collins after unfortunate injury

Benfica nears group stages after Dynamo Kyiv win in UCL first leg playoff

Benfica nears group stages after Dynamo Kyiv win in UCL first leg playoff

Why Super Eagles star Samuel Kalu is yet to play for Watford this season

Why Super Eagles star Samuel Kalu is yet to play for Watford this season

Jamilu Collins off injured, Semi Ajayi plays full 90 minutes in goalless clash between West Brom and Cardiff

Jamilu Collins off injured, Semi Ajayi plays full 90 minutes in goalless clash between West Brom and Cardiff

Another billionaire prepares to buy Manchester United just hours after Elon Musk's joke

Another billionaire prepares to buy Manchester United just hours after Elon Musk's joke

Cavani, Marcelo, Willian and other big-name players still without a club

Cavani, Marcelo, Willian and other big-name players still without a club