The building blocks of Chris Obekpa
As the sun scorched the outdoor court, Chris Obekpa watched his older brother play. Hours passed as Ofu Obekpa and his friends sweated and laughed together during pick-up basketball games played on the hard, dry ground outside their village of Otukpo in Benue State, Nigeria. Chris -- 15 years younger -- followed them and sat on the sidelines, an adolescent waiting his turn.
In 2001, then-23-year-old Ofu moved to the United States to attend the University of Maine at Machias, ...
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