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18 African Players to Watch at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Tournament

Here's a list of African players competing at the 2017 NCAA basketball tournament.

Every March, basketball enthusiasts make their bracket predictions for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) March Madness Tournament. The men's and women's tournament occur simultaneously until the beginning of April and include 68 and 64 teams, respectively.


There's a number of African players competing in both divisions this year. The majority of them hail from Nigeria, but players from Zimbabwe, Mali, DRC and more are also set to compete during this year's games.

Support your local African athlete and check out this list of players from the top 20 ranked men's and women's NCAA teams.

NCAA Men's Division

1. Sean Obi was born in Kaduna, Nigeria and is a forward for Duke University.

2. Udoka Azubuike hails from Delta, Nigeria. He's a center for University of Kansas.

3. Edrice Adebayo aka Bam, was born in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents. He's the power forward for the Kentucky Wildcats.

4. Ikenna Okwarabizie is the Lagos-born center for UCLA.

5. Ike Anigbogu is a Nigerian-American forward and center who plays for UCLA.

6. Michael Ojo is Florida State's 7'1" center. He was born in Lagos.

7. Nuni Omot was born in Nairobi, Kenya and is a forward at Baylor University

8. Semi Ojeleye's family is from Nigeria, he's a forward for Southern Methodist University.

9. Ray Kasongo is a Congolese-Canadian power forward at Iowa State.

10. Sagaba Konate hails from Bamako, Mali. He's a forward for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

11. Mamadi Diakite was born in Conakry, Guinea and is a forward at University of Virginia.

NCAA Women's Division

1. Arike Ogunbowale is a Nigerian guard who plays for Notre Dame's top-ranking women's basketball team.

2. Chinwe Okorie was born in Lagos and is currently a center for Mississippi State.

3. Oderah Chidom is a Nigerian-American forward who plays for Duke.

  4. Stephanie Mavunga was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and plays as a forward for Ohio State.

  5. Born in Ondo State, Nigeria, Olamide Aborowa, is a forward for University of Texas.

 

 6. Evelyn Akhator is from Lagos Nigeria. She's a forward for the University of Kentucky.

  7. Ogechi Anyagaligbo is a Nigerian forward who also plays for the University of Kentucky.
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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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