May 22, 2024

In the contemporary basketball scene, individuals like Nkem Akaraiwe stand out.

At the age of 26, her genuine passion for the game shines through at the just concluded African Women Basketball League court in Alexandria, Egypt, leading Nigeria Customs to a 5th place finish with an impressive performance.

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A key moment in Akaraiwe’s narrative revolves around a significant choice.

She opted to participate at the Africa Women’s Basketball League in Egypt, fully aware her wedding ceremony comes up Just four days after the tourney.

This Small Forward opted for the courts of Alexandria, Egypt, over the bustling preparations of a traditional Nigerian wedding”.

Nkem Akaraiwe

In a culture where grand wedding ceremonies carry immense cultural significance, the dedication that propelled the Nigeria Customs star to the competition speaks volumes.

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Without a doubt, Nkem played a crucial role as Nigeria Customs navigated through two out of four group stage games, earning their spot in the quarterfinals.

Nkem Akaraiwe

Despite facing a setback against Inter Clube, they secured classification wins against Overdose Up Station and Equity Bank, concluding the tournament with a 4/3 run.

Averaging a double-double at 19.4 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game, Akaraiwe showcased her prowess.

The opening game against Universite Douala saw her scoring an impressive 20 points. Despite challenges against Sporting Alexandria and Kenya Port Authority, she continued to shine with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

In the final group stage triumph against CNSS, she contributed another 20 points, and in the quarterfinal clash against Inter Clube, she added 11 more points to her tally.

Her standout performances included scoring 28 and 27 points in the classification tie against Overdose Up Station and Equity Bank.


With this captivating display, it would be unsurprising to witness Nkem Akaraiwe receiving an invitation to join the National Team for the upcoming Olympics qualifiers in Belgium next year, February.

Her journey extends beyond this, as she had previously represented the national team and secured the 2021 Afrobasket Championship with D’Tigress.

As Nigerians continue to laud the forward, Akaraiwe’s story surrounds basketball world, becoming a testament to the tenacity that defines the spirit of the game.

Happy married life NKEM!

Image Credit: FIBA


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