CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle has been named to Great Britain's 12-woman roster for the 2012 London Olympic Games, becoming just the second Olympian in Ivy League women's basketball history.

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Fagbenle has helped Great Britain to a 6-6 record through 12 test matches during its Olympic tune up, averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. GB most recently defeated the world's fourth-ranked team, Czech Republic, on June 20 with Fagbenle netting 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a starting role. GB has also beaten ninth-ranked Korea, 11th-ranked Canada and 12th-ranked Argentina.

Great Britain began its training camp on May 5 with 20 women invited to compete for a roster spot. The team went through two rounds of cuts before the final 12-woman squad was announced. GB is scheduled to play seven more test matches before the Games begin. To view the complete roster, click here.

Great Britain, as host, received an automatic qualification to this year's Olympic women's basketball competition. The tournament is set to begin on Saturday, July 28 and will run through Sunday, Aug. 12. All games will be played at the newly built Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena.

Fagbenle is only the second Olympian in Ivy League women's basketball history and just the fifth basketball Olympian in the Ancient Eight's storied history. She joins Brown's Martina Jerant (Canda, 1996), Princeton's Bill Bradley (United States, 1964) and Konrad Wysocki (Germany, 2008), and Dartmouth's Crawford Palmer (France, 2000).

Fagbenle matriculated to Camrbridge this past fall as the program's first-ever McDonald's All-American after concluding an incredibly successful high school career. She was ranked 13th overall in the Class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz, and was the fifth ranked forward on the list. She led Great Britain's U18 National Team to the 2010 Women's European Championship, and was named Great Britain's U18 Player of the Year as a result. As a senior at Blair Academy, she was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year after guiding her team to the state and MAPL championships . After sitting a year in residency, Fagbenle will enter the 2012-13 season as a sophomore at Harvard.


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Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Ewuro posted on 07-06-2012, 07:20:49 AM
QUOTE:
For the avoidance of doubt, Temi, as tghe case with all are siblings, do visit Nigeria as frequently as possible. Indeed Temi was in Nigeria last December. As is the case these days, she carries passports of more than one country - Nigeria, UK, and US (where she was born - in Baltimore).

She is proud of Nigeria and would gladly have played for Nigeria, but sadly Nigeria has not shown herself deserving - again and again!

Whilst coaches and scouts all over the world were monitoring her achievements and chasing (yes, chasing) me as her father with calls, wherever I was (Nigeria, UK, US - they find my number) not once did I get any call from the Nigerian Basketball Association or federation. And that is with Temi's names blazoning \"I am Nigerian\" from the rooftop! Yet, I made some attempts to reach them to no avail!

In any case, what we are celebrating here is a Nigeria, albeit in the Diaspora, doing herself, her family and her countr(y, ies) proud, in the manner a Chiamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, et al, are doing for our dear country even while abroad.

Thanks all.


Egbon,
I know you are very close to home and you would do your best for Nigeria. Every child or young person deserves to be nurtured, especially if we do not want their talents put to waste. Temi, fortunately, unlike other young Nigerians, is in a good environment, where her potentials are recognised and nurtured. She is happy. You are happy. We are all happy for you.
Egbon, next time we meet at Emukay, I shall reveal who Ewuro is.
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
First-lady posted on 07-06-2012, 11:38:37 AM
QUOTE:
For the avoidance of doubt, Temi, as tghe case with all are siblings, do visit Nigeria as frequently as possible. Indeed Temi was in Nigeria last December. As is the case these days, she carries passports of more than one country - Nigeria, UK, and US (where she was born - in Baltimore).

She is proud of Nigeria and would gladly have played for Nigeria, but sadly Nigeria has not shown herself deserving - again and again!

Whilst coaches and scouts all over the world were monitoring her achievements and chasing (yes, chasing) me as her father with calls, wherever I was (Nigeria, UK, US - they find my number) not once did I get any call from the Nigerian Basketball Association or federation. And that is with Temi's names blazoning \"I am Nigerian\" from the rooftop! Yet, I made some attempts to reach them to no avail!

In any case, what we are celebrating here is a Nigeria, albeit in the Diaspora, doing herself, her family and her countr(y, ies) proud, in the manner a Chiamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, et al, are doing for our dear country even while abroad.

Thanks all.


Congrats then.
You must be proud of the young woman,what parent wouldn't be?
But I am sure you got the angle from which I speak.
This is not just about you and the children being brought up with no real connection to their fatherland
It is about me too
Mine were also home last Christmas but they will never be Nigerian like I am no matter how many Christmases they spend in Nigeria
The ramifications of it all to me is very painful
A girl born in Baltimore of Nigerian parents whose parents are still alive and take her to her original homeland playing for another foreign country Altogether.
If Nigeria qualified ( in my dreams) and I saw a Temi Fagbenle from UK tackling an Ngozi Okonkwo or Bisi Fatokun wearing green white green,it would be sad to watch because I will not be wishing Temi and her group well on that court.
And under my breath I will be saying Tufia,imagine,a Nigerian kid playing against Nigeria,abomination,,where are her parents,nonsense,irritating .

I am being honest and plain


Anyway let me wipe my tears with hanky
It is well
The colonization of Africa and her talents continue.
We have been thoroughly whipped
Cry with me
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
First-lady posted on 07-06-2012, 11:54:00 AM
QUOTE:
@ First-lady:

May God bless you with more and more kids.


Dove



Iseeee!!!
Let it turn to dollars and bless my pocket
My quiver is full
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Sumanguru posted on 07-06-2012, 14:46:27 PM
QUOTE:
Egbon,
I know you are very close to home and you would do your best for Nigeria. Every child or young person deserves to be nurtured, especially if we do not want their talents put to waste. Temi, fortunately, unlike other young Nigerians, is in a good environment, where her potentials are recognised and nurtured. She is happy. You are happy. We are all happy for you.
Egbon, next time we meet at Emukay, I shall reveal who Ewuro is.



Typical Ewuro. One hopes that if this was a Chinwe or Amina or even a Princewill, the sentiments will be similar...
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Ewuro posted on 07-06-2012, 18:13:13 PM
QUOTE:
Typical Ewuro. One hopes that if this was a Chinwe or Amina or even a Princewill, the sentiments will be similar...

Are you just knowing that? Oh, you are a JJD- Johny just drop. I am Ewuro. I dont pretend to be Chinwe or Amina or Princewill. Are you Chinwe today, Amina tomorrow or Princewill the next time around? With me, people here know what they get, They get Ewuro. What do we get from you? Lack of character and pretence. I beg, dismiss yasef! Goategenarian! ( Apologies to denker)
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Eja posted on 07-06-2012, 18:16:11 PM
The author of this piece is given as 'Harvard University'. Is this some person's pseudonym or, did the college authorities send the article to NVS?

Only curiosity O.....
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Emj posted on 07-07-2012, 02:12:25 AM
QUOTE:
For the avoidance of doubt, Temi, as tghe case with all are siblings, do visit Nigeria as frequently as possible. Indeed Temi was in Nigeria last December. As is the case these days, she carries passports of more than one country - Nigeria, UK, and US (where she was born - in Baltimore).

She is proud of Nigeria and would gladly have played for Nigeria, but sadly Nigeria has not shown herself deserving - again and again!

Whilst coaches and scouts all over the world were monitoring her achievements and chasing (yes, chasing) me as her father with calls, wherever I was (Nigeria, UK, US - they find my number) not once did I get any call from the Nigerian Basketball Association or federation. And that is with Temi's names blazoning \"I am Nigerian\" from the rooftop! Yet, I made some attempts to reach them to no avail!

In any case, what we are celebrating here is a Nigeria, albeit in the Diaspora, doing herself, her family and her countr(y, ies) proud, in the manner a Chiamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, et al, are doing for our dear country even while abroad.

Thanks all.


Thanks for confirming what most of us already know. Knowledge like they say is power.
The Nigerian Basketball Association might wake up from slumber/coma now to realise that thier loss is another's gain.

She shld keep flying the flag/s of the countries that spotted and nurtured her.

Again i say Congratulations....

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Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Big-K posted on 07-07-2012, 06:58:32 AM
QUOTE:
For the avoidance of doubt, Temi, as tghe case with all are siblings, do visit Nigeria as frequently as possible. Indeed Temi was in Nigeria last December. As is the case these days, she carries passports of more than one country - Nigeria, UK, and US (where she was born - in Baltimore).

She is proud of Nigeria and would gladly have played for Nigeria, but sadly Nigeria has not shown herself deserving - again and again!

Whilst coaches and scouts all over the world were monitoring her achievements and chasing (yes, chasing) me as her father with calls, wherever I was (Nigeria, UK, US - they find my number) not once did I get any call from the Nigerian Basketball Association or federation. And that is with Temi's names blazoning \"I am Nigerian\" from the rooftop! Yet, I made some attempts to reach them to no avail!

In any case, what we are celebrating here is a Nigeria, albeit in the Diaspora, doing herself, her family and her countr(y, ies) proud, in the manner a Chiamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, et al, are doing for our dear country even while abroad.

Thanks all.


My brother I hear you. few years back, when Sam Vincent (an African-American) managed the national basketball teams, he went all out to recruit players of Nigerian descent from around the globe. One of those he recruited Mfon Udoka is now assistant coach with Lady Tigers and I wish you made more effort to reach her. She's very open.

Anyway, congrats again and goodluck.
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Blissfully posted on 07-07-2012, 07:25:06 AM
QUOTE:
Congrats then.
You must be proud of the young woman,what parent wouldn't be?
But I am sure you got the angle from which I speak.
This is not just about you and the children being brought up with no real connection to their fatherland
It is about me too
Mine were also home last Christmas but they will never be Nigerian like I am no matter how many Christmases they spend in Nigeria
The ramifications of it all to me is very painful
A girl born in Baltimore of Nigerian parents whose parents are still alive and take her to her original homeland playing for another foreign country Altogether.
If Nigeria qualified ( in my dreams) and I saw a Temi Fagbenle from UK tackling an Ngozi Okonkwo or Bisi Fatokun wearing green white green,it would be sad to watch because I will not be wishing Temi and her group well on that court.
And under my breath I will be saying Tufia,imagine,a Nigerian kid playing against Nigeria,abomination,,where are her parents,nonsense,irritating .

I am being honest and plain


Anyway let me wipe my tears with hanky
It is well
The colonization of Africa and her talents continue.
We have been thoroughly whipped
Cry with me




You have a special way of running into killer punches and getting hit severally. Your first theory on this page was effortlessly dealt with by other villagers, And instead of you to simply walk away you came with this funny and embarrassing theory about a Nigerian playing basket ball for another country.

Let me ask you. Are your children carrying only the Nigerian passport. If the answer is NO . Then what you are writing here is nothing but undiluted hypocrisy.

And why would an American be resident in Nigeria and working in Nigeria for a Nigerian company. Why would an Asian be flying a Nigerian -owned aircraft in Nigeria.

You live in the USA but your worldview is so limited. How many Ngozis feature for America and the UK during olympics and such other games.

The world has changed and there is something that is called globalization. You need to go and read about globalization . this is not about colonization. And if you truly believe that it is colonization then you should pack your bags immediately and leave America this minute. Are you a full citizen of America? Do you have your roots in America?

This is one of the several cases of children born by Nigerian parents outside Nigeria and who have chosen to identify with their country of choice/birth. (Can we go to that thread where a Nigerian of igbo descent was celebrated as the best graduating student in an American university? The tone of the comments about nationalism and patriotism were clearly different from what we are reading now)

How that translates to colonization beats my imagination. So how do you react to those who came to America under the green card scheme or those who have been perpetually sentenced to the lower strata of the American economy doing menial jobs?

Please let the Fagbenles be - orisha bo le gbe mi , fi mi sile bi o se bami

And for those villagers trying to raise the "patriotism flag" check yourselves first. Are you truly Nigerian, or you are a Nigerian when there is a special benefit to derive from waving the green white green flag. Hypocrisy!
Re: Temi Fagbenle Makes Ivy League History
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-08-2012, 02:43:53 AM
QUOTE:
For the avoidance of doubt, Temi, as tghe case with all are siblings, do visit Nigeria as frequently as possible. Indeed Temi was in Nigeria last December. As is the case these days, she carries passports of more than one country - Nigeria, UK, and US (where she was born - in Baltimore).

She is proud of Nigeria and would gladly have played for Nigeria, but sadly Nigeria has not shown herself deserving - again and again!

Whilst coaches and scouts all over the world were monitoring her achievements and chasing (yes, chasing) me as her father with calls, wherever I was (Nigeria, UK, US - they find my number) not once did I get any call from the Nigerian Basketball Association or federation. And that is with Temi's names blazoning \"I am Nigerian\" from the rooftop! Yet, I made some attempts to reach them to no avail!

In any case, what we are celebrating here is a Nigeria, albeit in the Diaspora, doing herself, her family and her countr(y, ies) proud, in the manner a Chiamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, et al, are doing for our dear country even while abroad.

Thanks all.


MIXED FEELINGS!!!


Mr. Fagbenle, the moment I saw the heading, the first thing/question that came to my mind was "Could this person be related to Mr. Tunde Fagbenle?' And to my delight, the answer is YES! I am really very very happy for you and your family as a whole. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Another pride of our town Ile-Ife, Yoruba land and Africa. I sincerely hope that she will give interviews and answer questions in original Ife dialect in order to promote the rich Yoruba culture and Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba. We hope to turn the opa Oranmiyan not only to one of the 10 most popular tourist destination in the world, but also a pilgrimage center for all Ifa, Sango, Ogun, Obatala, Osun worshippers and admirers of Yoruba language and culture throughout the world. Of properly advertised and branded, the opa Oranmiyan alone can give Osun State millions of dollars a year in revenues. Unfortunately, I can not speak Ife dialect. I feel so much ashamed of that. Perhaps, I will be able to resolve this in the future.

To be honest, the news brought a sort of mixed feelings. First, it's great to learn that another kins(wo)man is making waves. But, like millions of Nigerians, another country is benefitting from her talent. This reminds me of Prof. Wole Soyinka's saying that "His generation is a FAILED GENERATION." Unfortunately, this can be applied to our/my own generation too. This unfortunate tendency did not start with your daughter and, unfortunately, will not end with her. I could vividly remember the Tunde Thompson that represented Britain in the Decathlon. What about Akeem Olajuwon, the legendary Basketballer? There is another Igbo lady(can't remember her name now) that represents Britain in 400m hurdles. She is a medal hopeful in the London Olympics. All these unfortunate incidents boil down to the fact that NIGERIA IS A FAILED STATE, BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A VERY SICK AND DOOMED COUNTRY WITH LITTLE OR NO HOPE TO SUCCEED. We are being ruled by INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE RETIRED MILITARY/CRIMINAL OFFICERS FROM THE NORTH WHO ARE BUSY STEALING OUR MONEY 24 HOURS. That's why I keep on saying that THE BEST OPTION FOR THE YORUBA IS TO BREAK UP. ONLY A SOVEREIGN OODUA REPUBLIC (AS I WROTE IN MY SERIES 'OODUA REPUBLIC: TO BE OR NOT TO BE?) WILL ALLOW US TO CONCENTRATE ALL OUR RESOURCES INTO OUR DEVELOPMENT AND NOT SQUANDER THEM ON SOME USELESS AND UNVIABLE ONE NIGERIA PROJECT!

BTW, how is the fate of that talented tennis player that you wrote about some time ago?

I wish your daughter all the best in her professional career.


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