Nigerian basketball star gives back

Updated: April 4, 2010, 3:43 PM ET
By Kristin Huckshorn | Special to ESPN.com

What is the moment in a pleasantly ordinary life -- 9-to-5 desk job, apartment in the suburbs, Camry in the driveway -- when a person decides to turn her back on pleasant and ordinary and follow a dream?

For Mobolaji Akiode, that moment arrived one afternoon this past summer. She was sitting in her old bedroom in her parents' home in New Jersey, rifling through memorabilia from her days as a basketball star. There were the photos of the Columbia (Maplewood, N.J.) High School team ...

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