Obinna Ekezie

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Obinna Ekezie
Personal information
Born (1975-08-22) August 22, 1975 (age 43)
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian / American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Worcester Academy
(Worcester, Massachusetts)
College Maryland (1995–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Playing career 1999–2007
Position Center
Career history
1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies
2000–2001 Washington Wizards
2001 Dallas Mavericks
2001–2002 Los Angeles Clippers
2002–2003 Red Star Belgrade
2004–2005 Columbus Riverdragons
2005 Atlanta Hawks
2006 Virtus Roma
2006–2007 Dynamo Moscow

Obinna Ralph Ekezie (born August 22, 1975) is a Nigerian former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. His name, Obinna, means "Father´s heart". He is a direct descendant of the 19th century Igbo warrior and businessman Duruike Akubugali, hence hails from Obor Autonomous Community in Orlu Urban Local Government Area of Imo State.[1]


A 6'9" 270 lb center, Ekezie was selected with the 37th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies after playing with the Maryland Terrapins from 1995–1999. Obinna prepared for college at Worcester Academy, graduating in 1995.

Ekezie played for five NBA teams (1999–2005), and also professionally with Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), Lottomatica Roma (Italy),[2] and Dynamo Moscow.[2]

Ekezie is the founder of ZeepTravel and Wakanow, online businesses allowing travel services for those going to and from America and Africa.


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