Diasporan representing Nigeria at the Olympics comes under attack for never visiting Nigeria; thoughts?

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With the euphoria around the 2012 London Olympics coming to an end, online commentators have started to analyze the games and its participants as well as how countries fared during the games.

Amidst all these analyses, a viral video has recently been making its way virally across the web. Al-Farouq Aminu, a Diaspora NBA player who represented Nigeria during the Olympics is put under attack for representing Nigeria at the Olympics even though he has never step foot on Nigerian soil.

Aminu, whose father is a Nigerian claims that he is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He was quick though to mention that he is Nigerian via dual citizenship even though he has never visited Nigeria. The video commentators think it isn’t right for him to represent Nigeria at the Olympics.

Aminu is quite accomplished as a basketball player. Born to Aboubakar Aminu and Anjirlic Aminu, Aminu plays for the New Orleans Hornets. In 2008, he was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the U.S. In 2010, Aminu was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 8th overall pick. He was later traded to the New Orleans Hornets in December 2011.

Aminu represented Nigeria at the 2012 London Olympics with the senior men’s Nigeria National Basketball team. The team was recently praised by the New York Times for its courage and tenacity at the games. Read The New York Times profiles Nigeria’s brave basketball Olympics team here.

Apart from Aminu, there were a number of Diasporans who represented the country at the games including 23 year old Johny Akinyemi who we spotlighted as Nigeria’s first Olympics Canoeist. Check out the post here.

In the meantime, check ut the video commentary below and share your thoughts on the issue with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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