Tag: African sportsmen in Canada

Nigerian-born Akim Aliu lands book deal on how he confronted racism in hockey

By John Wawrow | Associated Press

Glancing at the illustration of the boy with the far-off stare standing next to a bus on the cover of the graphic novel memoir that will tell his story, Akim Aliu immediately remembers the pain of growing up poor and Black in Toronto.

From the hours spent alone riding public transit to and from arenas across the city to the strips of duct tape holding together the garage sale-purchased hockey equipment bag slung over his shoulder, the depiction of a teenaged Aliu hits home. Aliu was born in Nigeria to mixed-race parents and then lived in Ukraine before the family moved to Canada.

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Abimbola Aina|Nigerian-Canadian bodybuilder says dream of pro career made possible by support of community in Regina

By Victoria Idowu | CBC News

When Abimbola Aina came to Regina from a small town in Ogun state in Nigeria, he had little more than a body and a dream.

“My goal was to become a great bodybuilder, but it would not have happened if I was not in a great country like Canada,” Aina said.

“Coming to Canada changed my life.”

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Tony Eghan remembered as educator, athlete and proud Ghanaian-Nova Scotian

Members of Nova Scotia’s Ghanaian community are celebrating the life of a leader.

Tony Eghan was born in Ghana and lived much of his life in Nova Scotia. He died in March. Long before Eghan moved to Nova Scotia, he’d made a mark in Africa. In 1978, he coached Ghana’s Black Stars to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Alphonso Davies | Ex-Black star Damba gives Ghana credit for Bayern Munich defender’s rise

Liberia may not have an outstanding national soccer team, but it produced arguably the most successful footballer from Africa, George Weah, who is today the country’s president. Another Liberian footballer, Alphonso Davies, who is now a Canadian, has just shot into global limelight. The nineteen year old was part of the Bayern Munich team that just won the European Champions League. This has prompted former Ghanaian star Damba to claim that Davies benefited from his five year stay in Ghana as a refugee.

By Prince Narkortu Teye | Goal

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Richie Laryea: Powerful Ghanaian-Canadian defender signs new deal with Toronto FC

Richie Laryea, a Canadian with Ghanaian heritage, has extended his contract with Toronto FC after a fruitful negotiations.  The 25-year-old signed a fresh contract with the Red and White lads following his exploits at the club in his debut season.

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Former Raptors 905 Coach Wumi Agunbiade is Changing Canadian Basketball

By Aaron Rose | Sports Illustrated

Omowumi is far more than just a name for former Toronto Raptors 905 coach, Omowumi “Wumi” Agunbiade. For the 28-year-old Nigerian-Canadian, it’s a purpose. The name comes from her Yoruba heritage and means “I love children.” As she’s now proving, her family named her right.

For the past year, Agunbiade has been giving back to her community. She started a high school basketball scouting service known as Hoopers Loop that helps bring attention to Canadian girls basketball. It’s the kind of program that Agunbiade said she never really had when she was coming up through the girls basketball system a decade ago.

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Winnipeg’s Nigerian community makes noise for national basketball team

By Erin Brohman

Winnipeg’s Nigerian community made some noise for their national basketball team when they landed in the city Thursday afternoon.

Team Nigeria’s arrival at Winnipeg’s airport was met with drums, song, dance, hugs, flags and even the presentation of flowers to the team captain. The team will face Canada on Friday in their second exhibition clash in the lead-up to the FIBA World Cup in China.

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Nigeria remains undeterred by Canada defeat

By Samuel Ahmadu

The Super Falcons suffered their first defeat to the North Americans in a friendly but their gaffer is unfazed by the latest setback.

Thomas Dennerby is untroubled by Nigeriawomen’s setback following a 2-1 defeat to Canada in a friendly at Pinatar Arena.

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