Who is Monica Okoye? Monica Okoye is Japanese Basketball Player. Monica Okoye is 22 Years old.She was born on February 07, 1999 in Japan.
Table of Contents
Silver Medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Monica Okoye won silver medal at Tokyo Olympics with her team “Akatsuki Five”.
Monica Okoye net worth is ¥ 1.5 Million.
Okoye stand’s 181 cm tall.
Monica Okoye is possibly single and has never been married, according to our records.
Monica Okoye is not dating anyone as of August 2021.
Trivia & Facts
On the list of the most well-known. Also included in the elit list of famous Japanese celebrities. She competed in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2018. She’s member of Club: Fujitsu Redwave (JPN).
MONICA OKOYE’S POWER IS TO BE DIFFERENT. THE JAPANESE BASKETBALL PLAYER SEEKS OUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF DIFFERENCE.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Tokyo-born athlete Monica Okoye understands what it’s like to be mistreated. The Blasian player is a rising force on the pro basketball circuit, being half Japanese and half Igbo-Nigerian. However, some onlookers have quickly disowned her, implying that her “halfness” makes her inherently inferior.
A TEAM LEADER is a person who leads a group of people.
For years, the athlete has paid a high price for simply being herself, being hissed at and heckled at courtside, and being told she’s “not Japanese.” This caused her to drastically underestimate her abilities until she was in her teens: “My coach told me I was talented, but I had no confidence.” I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I pretended to be a terrible player.” Monica’s feelings of low self-esteem began to shift when she captained her team at a national level. “I saw a lot of mixed-race players who were doing really well,” she says. “I realized for the first time that I needed to lead this team.”
DIFFERENT KINDS OF Power
Monica has come to value what makes her unique, speaking passionately about her experience to empower others, after internalizing the notion that her differences—in skin color, height, and hair—were visible signs that she was a less-than-ideal Japanese citizen for so long. She says, “Today, I see my ‘difference’ as my ‘power.'” “Because I am different, I see the possibilities of accomplishing things. I strive for the goal that only I am capable of achieving.”
Hoop-playing Monica Okoye is attempting to surpass her older brother.
For the time being, Monica Okoye is content with the fact that she is the sister of professional baseball star Rui Okoye.
“I am where I am because of my (older) brother,” Okoye remarked modestly at the Japan women’s provisional national team’s inaugural training camp in Tokyo on Tuesday.
For the first time, the 19-year-old forward has been considered for a spot on the senior national squad. The Asian Games will be held in Jakarta this summer, followed by the FIBA Women’s World Cup in late September.
Okoye said she and her brother, who plays outfield for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, have always gotten along well.
She admitted that Rui enjoys pulling pranks on her, but that this is a sign of how close they are. Last year, she stated, her brother gave her a large carton package containing only an Umaibo (a little puffed cylindrical food).
With a grin, Okoye, who was born to a Japanese mother and a Nigerian father, added, “I sent a message stating “You bastard!” over LINE (a messaging app).
Okoye said she went to witness her 20-year-old brother play in an Eagles game at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi in Sendai after he handed her a ticket.
She boasted about how amazing her seat was behind home plate.
Regrettably, she isn’t too knowledgeable about the sport.
When asked how her brother did, Okoye smiled and answered, “I don’t know much about baseball rules, so I’m not sure if he did well or poorly.”
Despite her lack of baseball expertise, Monica Okoye insists that he is her closest competitor and the athlete she wants to outperform.
She is now known as Rui Okoye’s sister, but she hopes to change that in the future.
“I want people to refer to Rui as Monica’s older brother,” said Okoye, who joined Denso Iris of the Women’s Japan Basketball League last season after graduating from Tokyo’s Myojo Gakuen High School (she did not appear in games during an injury-plagued season).
Monica is more athletically talented than Rui Okoye, according to Rui Okoye.
When Monica was asked if she agreed with her brother’s remark, she replied with a chuckle, “I’m better than him.”
Okoye wants to make the national team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but she wasn’t all that committed until lately.
Okoye, who averaged 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds for Japan at the 2016 Under-17 World Championships, where Japan finished ninth, said, “I wasn’t particular about the (Tokyo) Olympics prior before my high school senior year.”
“However, I was told (that I have a shot). Now I can say with certainty that I intend to make it happen.”
Okoye has been allocated to play small forward for the provisional national squad instead of power forward, which she has played throughout her career. She stated that she is confident in her ability to handle the ball. She has been focusing on 3-point shooting and shot blocking in order to play small forward.
Rui, a first-round draft pick by Rakuten in 2015, represented Samurai Japan at the Asia Professional Baseball Championship last year.
Who knows what the future has in store for us?
The Okoyes could compete in their respective sports at the Tokyo Olympics.
monica okoye parents olympics basketball japan brother instagram college biography father lady twitter wikipedia