Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike has joined ESPN as the co-host of the African edition of SportsCenter.
Ogwumike, the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year, will join co-host Phil Murphy on the show that will be broadcast across 19 sub-Saharan countries.
“I am thrilled to be joining ESPN to host this unique edition of SportsCenter dedicated to sports fans across Africa,” said Ogwumike. “This is a wonderful opportunity to combine who I am and what I am passionate about. As a Nigerian-American professional women’s basketball player, and now SportsCenter co-host, I want to inspire and empower rising generations across Africa and the US to pursue their dreams.”
Both of Ogwumike’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria, where they settled near Houston. Since then, Ogwumike has traveled to Africa, visiting family, studying and promoting basketball, education and youth empowerment. While studying abroad in Abuja, Nigeria while a student at Stanford, she interned with the Nigerian government.
“We are incredibly excited to add somebody as talented, knowledgeable and passionate as Chiney join the African edition of SportsCenter,” Charly Classen, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN EMEA, said in the statement. “She brings a remarkable combination of deep, first-hand understanding of sport and a longtime connection to Africa. Sports fans in Africa can expect that she and Phil will deliver a dynamic, fun and fast-paced show.”