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No Smoking
Mar 6, 2011, 07:51 PM
European Indoor Athletics Championships, Paris, 4-6 March 2011:
60m Men:
Francis Obikwelu - Portugal. Gold Medal

60m Women:
Ezinne Okparaebo - Norway. Bronze Medal

60m Hurdles Women:
Tiffany Ofili - UK. Silver Medal
Josephine Onyia - Spain

200m Women:
Joice Maduaka - UK
Margaret Adeoye - UK

4 X 400m Relay Women:
Great Britain (Kelly Sotherton & Lee Mcconnell & Marilyn Okoro & Jennifer Meadows). Silver Meda

400m Men Semi-final 1:
Mark Ujakpor - Spain. 5th place.

800m Men:
Andrew Osagie - UK. 4th place

800m Women:
Marilyn Okoro - UK. 5th place

100m Men (IAAF Melbourne Track Classic, Melbourne, 03-Mar-11):
Anthony Alozie - Australia. Bronze Medal

Triple Jump - Men (Indoor Meeting, Stockholm, 22-Feb-11):
Phillips Idowu - UK. Gold Medal

First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 08:20 PM
Ositadinma "Osi" Umenyiora New York Giants
#72 Defensive end

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First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 08:25 PM
Nnamdi Asomugha,
Quarterback, Oakland Raiders
Highest paid athlete in NFL history.

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Nnamdi Asomugha,Quarterback Oakland Raiders

First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 08:33 PM
Emeka Okafor, a power forward formerly of the Charlotte Bobcats now with the New Orleans hornets

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/22thirsty/emekaokafor.jpg

First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 08:39 PM
Brian Orakpo
Defensive end for Washington Redskins

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First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 08:49 PM
Amobi Okoye Defensive tackle for the Houston Texans
Amobi Okoye was the youngest player in the NCAA when at age 15 he chose the University of Louisville over Harvard. Okoye currently plays for the Houston Texans.


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Bill Carson
Mar 6, 2011, 08:52 PM
First Lady,

How come it's only Igbo sports achievers you can easily find? Free your mind and the rest will follow…. Igbo is soon to be extinct in the next 100 years!

First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 08:57 PM
First Lady,

How come it's only Igbo sports achievers you can easily find? Free your mind and the rest will follow…. Igbo is soon to be extinct in the next 100 years!

I asked my son for help and these are the names he told me
oya this is another one I found

Xavier Oyekola Adibi is a linebacker for the Houston Texans. Also from a family of athletes, Xavier's dad Abiodun Adibi was a college soccer player at Oklahoma State.
http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/22thirsty/xavier1.jpg

First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 09:10 PM
Chinedum Ndukwe plays for the Cincinatti Bengals
His brother Ikechukwu played for the Kansas city chiefs

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/22thirsty/chinedum1.jpg

First-lady
Mar 6, 2011, 09:43 PM
BY MIKE RICHMAN
VOA NEWS

WASHINGTON - New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is one of a growing list of NFL players from Nigeria or born elsewhere to Nigerian parents. One of the best players in the NFL this decade, he grew up in London, moved to Nigeria at age seven, then to the U.S. at age 14. Umenyiora thinks the NFL should keep a closer eye on American college players with Nigerian roots. He played college football at Troy University in Alabama.

"The list is ridiculous. I could name at least 12 to 13 people who I know of personally of Nigerian descent in the NFL right now," he noted.

Defensive end Brian Orakpo of the Washington Redskins is in his rookie season. The budding NFL star was born to Nigerian parents in Houston, Texas and grew up there. He later excelled on the football field at the University of Texas.

Orakpo takes enormous pride in belonging to a Nigerian fraternity in the NFL.

"There's some type of kinship or brotherhood that you have between each other because we come from the same background, the same family, tradition and everything that goes around that," said Orakpo. "So that's how everybody reached out to each other and sort of like creates that brotherhood, that we have to stick together and just have a little fun with it while we're in the NFL."

Umenyiora and Orakpo say Nigerians are physically well-suited for the NFL, particularly on defense, where speed, agility, power and size are needed at multiple positions.

Impact players on defense include linemen Amobi Okoye of the Houston Texans, Victor Abiamiri of the Philadelphia Eagles, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba of the Oakland Raiders.

Umenyiora says the best athletes in the world are from Nigeria, where soccer is the national sport and basketball and sprinting are very popular, but where American football hasn't caught on. Orakpo says the athletic talent of Nigerians - as he put it - is likely in the "genes."

"We have a lot of explosiveness about us, so you see us at defensive end and some other positions where you really have to use your athleticism and your explosiveness all the time to really be a great football player. We always have the same physique to get bigger and faster and stuff and really help our game to be a great player," he added.

Redskins coach Jim Zorn agrees.

"I think those families are bringing up strong men, and strong men play football," he noted.

In recent years, a foundation run by Nigerian-born Amobi Okoye of the Texans has organized trips to Nigeria for fellow NFL players. This year's trip, videotaped by the NFL Network, included Okoye and defensive linemen Israel Idonije, Adewale Ogunleye and Tommie Harris of the Chicago Bears. While there, players embraced the African culture, taught American football to kids who know little about the game, and distributed college scholarships and medical supplies.

Umenyiora is a partner in Okoye's foundation, and says such visits send a message of hope to Nigerians.

"A lot of Africans, in general, once they're born into poverty, or they're born into desolate situations, they don't really have an opportunity to pull themselves out of it," Umenyiora explained. "So the more people who have pulled themselves out of it, can come back and give back and try to help those people, the better off the country's going to be."

The first Nigerian star in the NFL, running back Christian Okoye, played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1985 to 1990. He laid the groundwork for a long line of NFL talent from a country an ocean apart from where the game is played.

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/giants-osi-umenyiora-just-one-of-a-growing-number-of-nigerians-in-the-nfl

Our Children no dey disappoint,talents and brain
God bless the Nigerian kids

No Smoking
Mar 6, 2011, 11:48 PM
http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/giants-osi-umenyiora-just-one-of-a-growing-number-of-nigerians-in-the-nfl

Our Children no dey disappoint,talents and brain
God bless the Nigerian kids

And it is great to see them helping out their kith and kin back in Africa. I saw an NFL award ceremony in which a guy from Siera Leone beat Asomugha in this helping category.