Tag: nigeria

The day a miracle saved Victor Obinna’s life

KNOWN FOR HIS STRING OF ACROBATIC SOMERSAULTS, often resembling Faustino Aspilla’s, Victor Obinna found himself one day doing a different type of somersault – one which scarily involved him, his car, and…

Nigeria’s momentous triumph at the 1996 Olympic Games

AT LAST, THE BODY WENT LIMP. Ken Saro-Wiwa had been hung five times, but as his body grew cold, the executioners had finally fulfilled their order. The world was furious. “A bad trial,…

Jay-Jay Okocha: so good they named him twice

Illustration by Akinyele Lexain Olalekan IT’S JANUARY 2004 and Bolton Wanderers are playing Aston Villa in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. In the 80th minute, Bolton are awarded a free-kick…

Why Nwankwo Kanu was better than you remember

CHASING THE BALL DOWN THE LEFT FLANK, Kanu steals it from Chelsea right-back Albert Ferrer and finds himself confronted by Ed de Goey, the keeper having rushed out of goal to close…