Nigerian-American basketball player, Nneka Ogwumike, says she has dominated the game of women’s basketball because she is a Nigerian and eats ‘a lot of egusi soup’.
The 29-year-old made the comments during a recent appearance on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show.
When she was asked by Noah what she is being fed in her family that makes her a gem in the game, Nneka said: “If you must know, we are Nigerians we eat a lot of egusi soup.”
The show’s spectators cheered on hearing her comments.
Nneka plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association. She was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft.
Her three sisters – Chiney Ogwumike, Erica Ogwumike and Olivia Ogwumike – are basketballers too.
Chiney plays in Los Angeles Sparks with her.
When pressed further by Noah on the reason why she is successful in the game, Nneka said she grew up with the mindset of excellence and that if she were playing another sport, she would have been successful in it.
Nneka is the president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association.
She began playing basketball in her childhood and took it up a notch at Standford University, California, between 2008-2012.
Nneka told her interviewer that she never thought she would ever play basketball professionally.