Who is Chinenye Joy Ogwumike?
Chinenye Joy Ogwumike is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike is a 2-Time WNBA All-Star for the Los Angeles Sparks and a full-time, multi-platform ESPN host and NBA analyst.
She is 6’2″ tall, weighs 79kg and plays power forward.
She was born on March 21, 1992. Presently, she is 31 years old, as at March 21, 2023.
The name Chinenye is associated with tribes from the southern part of Nigeria. However, Chinenye Ogwumike was born in Tomball, Texas, United States.
Chinenye is a first-generation Nigerian-American, which means her parents are Nigerian.
Her father’s name is Peter Ogwumike.
Husband and children
Presently, there is no public record of Chinenye ever getting married or having a child. She has also done well to keep her love life from media attention.
Ogwumike attended Cypress Fairbanks High School in nearby Cypress, Texas which is not too far away from her hometown.
For college, she chose Stanford over Connecticut and Notre Dame, joining her sister Nneka Ogwumike.
Chiney is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in International relations.
Career and achievements
Chiney won the 5A State Championship in her sophomore and senior seasons. Ogwumike was named a WBCA and McDonald’s All-American. She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 24 points, and earned MVP honors for the White team.
Ogwumike ended her Stanford career in 2014 as the all-time career scoring leader for either sex in Pac-12 Conference history, a record that fell in 2016 to Kelsey Plum of Washington.
In May 2018, Ogwumike signed a multi-year contract with ESPN to become a full-time basketball analyst.
In August 2020, she became the first Black woman to host a national radio show for ESPN, while also becoming the first WNBA player to do so as well. She is one of the youngest commentators to be named a full-time NBA analyst for ESPN, while simultaneously playing in the WNBA.
Ogwumike was partnered with Mike Golic Jr., as the co-host of the ESPN radio show Chiney & Golic Jr..
After the re-organization of ESPN’s NBA coverage, she joined the daily series NBA Today as a rotating in-studio analyst.
The 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree also holds the title of Executive Producer, producing an ESPN Films documentary “144” on the 2020 WNBA season.
She has made numerous trips to Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa with NBA Africa and other nonprofits to help launch youth empowerment and education initiatives, using basketball as a tool for development.
Chinenye Joy Ogwumike along with another American of Nigerian descent, Osagie Imasogie were named in the 12-man President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement appointed by the US President, Joe Biden.
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