|Nneka Ogwumike Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||July 2, 1990|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Nneka Ogwumike is an American professional basketball player who has represented the Los Angeles Sparks (2012–Present), as a power forward, in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was picked 1st overall in the 1st round, by the Los Angeles Sparks, at the 2012 WNBA Draft. She was named the league’s ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) for the 2016 season and also won the WNBA Finals that year. As of September 2022, she has been selected for the annual ‘WNBA All-Star Game’ 7 times (2013–2015, 2017–2019, 2022); included in the ‘All-WNBA First Team’ once (2016); and included in the ‘WNBA All-Defensive First Team’ 4 times (2015–2017, 2019). She was elected the President of the WNBA Players Association in 2016 and was re-elected for a 3-year term in 2019. In 2021, she was named to ‘The W25’, the league’s list of the top 25 players in its first 25 years of existence, as selected by a panel consisting of media members and pioneering women’s basketball figures. In the WNBA off-season, she has turned out for CCC Polkowice (2012–2013) in Poland and Dynamo Kursk (2014–2018) in Russia. With the former team, she won the Polish National League Championship in 2013. With the latter, she won the EuroLeague Women’s Championship in 2017.
Nnemkadi Chinwe Victoria Ogwumike
Tomball, Harris County, Texas, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nneka had attended Cy-Fair High School, a secondary school in Cypress, Harris County, Texas. After her high school graduation, she joined Stanford University, a private research university in Stanford, California. There, between 2008 and 2012, she represented the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team.
Professional Basketball Player
- Father – Peter Ogwumike
- Mother – Ify Ogwumike
- Siblings – Chiney Ogwumike (Younger Sister) (Professional Basketball Player), Erica Ogwumike (Younger Sister) (Professional Basketball Player), Olivia Ogwumike (Younger Sister) (Basketball Player)
She has been represented by Wasserman Media Group, Sports Marketing & Talent Management Company, Los Angeles, California, United States.
30 – Los Angeles Sparks
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
79 kg or 174 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Nigerian descent.
- Toned physique
- Shoulder-length, dreadlocked hair
- Cheerful smile
- Gleaming face
She has been sponsored by –
- Adidas AG (German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing, and accessories)
- Nike, Inc. (American multinational footwear, apparel, and sports equipment brand)
Nneka Ogwumike Facts
- Her nickname ‘Nneka’ means ‘Mother is Supreme’ in the Igbo language of Nigeria, the country where her family hails from.
- In her senior year, she led Cy-Fair High School to a 5A State Championship. She went on to participate in the 2008 WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) High School All-America Game, where she earned ‘MVP’ honors.
- At Stanford University, she had finished as the 2nd all-time leading scorer for the women’s basketball program, behind only Candice Wiggins.
- In 2012, she was named the ‘WNBA Rookie of the Year’ and was included in the ‘WNBA All-Rookie Team’.
- From 2019 to 2021, she won the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (an annual WNBA award given since the league’s inaugural season) thrice in succession.
- Representing the United States, she won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2014 Turkey FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball Amateur) Women’s Basketball World Cup, the 2018 Spain FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade, the 2009 Bangkok FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup, and the 2008 Buenos Aires FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.
Featured Image by Nneka Ogwumike / Instagram