Born in Nigeria, Africa, and third child of six children. His last name means “surpassing wealth,” and his career would agree. Hakeem Olajuwon grew up in a small neighborhood with a close family. “They taught us to be honest, work hard, respect our elders, and believe in ourselves,” said Olajuwon.
It’s not often you meet someone over six feet tall, but Hakeem clocks in at a towering seven feet tall. This would give him an amazing advantage in his career, and would also help him earn his nickname: “The Dream.” Continue reading