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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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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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