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Chiney Ogwumike Announces Her Marriage: Know Everything About WNBA Star’s To-Be Husband

Published 11/20/2023, 1:12 AM EST

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It was a deeply personal matter until her workplace made it public. The announcement came when President Joe Biden made Chiney Ogwumike part of a new presidential advisory group. While she will be promoting trade, business, and educational exchanges between the US and African countries, it’s her personal life that’s in the limelight.

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Chiney Ogwumike has done it all to create a cult status for herself in the world of basketball. She had a stellar career as a power forward for the L.A Sparks. The talented N0.13 became the first Black Woman and WNBA athlete to host a radio show for ESPN. After achieving so much professionally, she is ready to get married.

Chiney Ogwumike reveals her fiance


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The official Instagram page of the women’s ESPN recently shared huge news about the two-time WNBA All-Star: Chiney Ogwumike is getting married to Raphael Akpejiori.

The revelation may come as a surprise for her fans because Chiney shares very limited details of her personal life on social media. The announcers couldn’t hide their elation while sharing this important news about an equally important member of the NBA Today family. The update was followed by a string of congratulatory messages. Each one of her tribe members was eager to celebrate this special moment with her.


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Earlier this week, Chiney shared a picture with Raphael on her profile without showing his face. In addition to this, she broke the news of her engagement on Nov 14 with a ring but decided to keep her fiance a mystery. Chiney is quite confidential about her personal life.


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Public information about her romantic life and relationships is mostly inaccessible. But among others, she has managed to steal the heart of Raphael Akpejiori. But who’s Chiney’s mystery man?

Meet Ogwumike’s man: The ‘Nigerian Hurricane’

Ethasor Raphael Akpejiori is a heavyweight boxer. Nicknamed ‘Nigerian Hurricane’, Raphael has a professional record of 15 wins in his 16 fights. In addition to this, he won his 14 fights via KO/TKO. Furthermore, the 6’8” athlete has a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.


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Born on 10 October 1990 in Lagos, Nigeria, Akpejiori was promoted by CES Boxing and trained by former world champion Glen Johnson. He made his professional debut on September 14, 2018, scoring a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory. The boxer has just one loss on his record.

His first fight of 2020 was a second-round TKO win against Mike Ford in January. In the backdrop of his fierce fights, he has been invited by the Nigerian Boxing Federation to compete for Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics as a super-heavyweight.


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After individual glories, it’s time for a marriage between basketball and boxing. And it has already created some fireworks as fans are eager to celebrate the twosome awesome.

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Written by:

Shahryar Fazal


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Shahryar Fazal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has a Postgraduate degree in Political Science after schooling from Anselm’s, Ajmer. As a collegiate, he had submitted multiple articles to the TOI-Ajmer sports section, covering current sports events.
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