- ‘I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia but my dad is Nigerian.’
That’s what Nigeria’s Olympic Basketball team player Al Farouq Aminu had to say when he was asked about his nationality by US celebrity news website TMZ.
The former LA Clippers player, Aminu, who currently plays as a forward for the New Orleans Hornets, and played in all five games of the Nigerian Basketball Team in the 2012 London Olympics, claims to a right to play for Nigeria on the premise of dual nationality, but that he’s never stepped foot into Nigeria, and doesn’t consider himself a Nigerian.
The big question is: why then did he represent us…?
I really do not blame the athlete with a budding career for wanting to disassociate himself with a country that has a terrorist nation tag hovering over its head, not to talk of a very shameful, and disgraceful presence –or should I say absence –at the Olympics, but what I don’t understand is how we could have been represented at such a major event by someone whose loyalties lie elsewhere…
This is very disgraceful, and embarrassing, what with what’s now come to be known as the Nigerian scam situation. *Smh