Olumide Solanke and Ugochukwu Njoku: From Lagos, Nigeria, to University of Detroit

November 16, 2012 in Division I

By Patrick Hayes

Curtis Pulliam of The Varsity News, the University of Detroit‘s student newspaper, has an absolutely fantastic feature on U of D big men Olumide Solanke and Ugochukwu Njoku, both transfers this season who are from the same town in Nigeria but never met until they became teammates at Detroit. From the story:

Both men have more in common than just height and work ethic. They are from the same city – Lagos, Nigeria, a port city in a metropolitan area of about 14 million people.

But the pair took much different paths before finally meeting each other at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Njoku, a software engineering major, said there was never “a dull moment” growing up in Lagos.

“It was not just your parents actually bringing you up,” said Njoku. “Family, friends and everybody were a part of teaching you things. Everybody was just together.”

Solanke took a little different route to land on the Titans squad this season.

“I started playing soccer in my childhood,” said Solanke. “And when I started growing taller, I became a goalie. But I didn’t play organized basketball back in Nigeria.”

Seriously, just click through and read the whole thing.


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