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Two Nigerian Basketball Players Are Headed to the NBA All-Star Game This Year

Nigerian players Victor Oladipo and Giannis Antetokounmpo are headed to the NBA All-Star game this February.

For the first time in history, two players of Nigerian descent will play in the NBA All-star game this year, Konbini reports.

Victor Oladipo, of the Indiana Pacers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will both head to the annual game in Los Angeles this February.


At just 25, Nigerian-American Oladipo has already played five years of professional basketball, he won the "NBA All-Rookie Team" after being drafted by the Orlando Magic back in 2013. He was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2017. Oladipo is a first-time NBA All-Star.

Greek-born Antetokounmpo is a 23-year-old, second-time All-Star, who played in last year's game. He started his basketball career back in 2007 before being drafted by the Bucks in 2014.

Congrats to the young players!

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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