Day 1 Nigeria 2017 Camp

14 years ago, the Giants of Africa movement began, and every year during that span, it has always come back to the place where it all started, Lagos. “This will always be a special place for us”, says Godwin Owinje, Co-founder and Director of Basketball Operations for GOA. Ties with this country run deep with the GOA contingent, Masai Ujiri, Coach Harry Ezenibe, and Owinje all are natives of Nigeria. The Nigerian player is strong, tall, athletic and aggressive. “In order to make it here, you have to be very aggressive”, says Owinje. Rhythm and flow was tough to find for the campers early in the day, but once they shook off the jitters, that aggression and talent was on full display. The games were filled with intensity, passion, and hard play – the only way Nigerians know how to ball.