Babatunde Ogunade, popularly known as "Babs", was inducted into the Hall of Fame of UNILAG, in 2005. To qualify for the hall of fame honors in the University of Lagos, you had to be representing the University and the senior National teams of your individual sport Simultaneously.
He studied History and English at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
After gaining admission into UNILAG, 1977/1978 session, Babs partook in Nigeria University Games (NUGA) and played for D'Tigers at the Africa Games, Algiers, Algeria.
He graduated in 1981.
Other athletes who simultenously played for Nigeria, while in school, were Dr. Alaba Evboma; a Vertinary Surgeon from the University of Ibadan and Barrister Athanasius Tyodem from Ahmadu Bello University who studied Law. Peter Nelson did the same, but played in the Junior category.
In addition to the Hall of fame inductees we have; Dr. Bode Karunwi, Mr. Yinka Fisher, Mr. Garien Siekpe(Cricket). Chief. Chris Olufunlola Okunnowo,Dr. Evelyn Urhobo, Ahmed Adio (Athletics), Adokiye Amiesiamaka, Felix Owolabi (Football) . Dr Babasola Thomas (swimming) Cecilia Arinye (Table Tennis) and many others. There are still many other Athletes waiting their induction into the illustrious group.
After a wakeup call, missing the second round of the World Cup championship in China, the D'Tigers of Nigeria managed to secure the Olympic ticket by being one of the top seven teams, at the on going tournament.
Nigeria matched out against the host team China, with a fully packed gymnasium, and were able to secure the deciding victory, 73-86.
The game which started on a slow momentum for the winning team, picked up from the second quarter till the end.
Josh Okogie had a perfect scoring performance at the free throw line, with 9/9, Ekpe Udoh and Stan Okoye too.
Nnamdi Vincent showed he is one of the best "catch and shoot" athlete on the squad; he sunk a long trey and another under pressure from the defender, without putting the ball of the floor. He had a 100% on two point range, 2/2.
In summary here are the stats:
#20 Josh Okogie 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks
#8 Ekpe Udoh: 13 points, 2 rebounds1 steal
#10 Chimezie Metu: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
#22 Nnamdi Vincent: 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal.
"A medal or quarterfinals would have been nice, but team Nigeria accomplished something big, which kept the dream alive." said a fan.
Looking forward to the next as the president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, celebrates with his team and officials for the wonderful results from both the women and men.
After loosing two consecutive games, and winning the last two, the D'Tigers of Nigeria seek to be amongst the teams listed for Tokyo 2020 Qualifiers.
From the recent event, Nigeria defeated Cote D'Ivoire 83,66.
They have one more game against the host China, to qualify for the Olympic qualifier.
The senior women's team, gave their support over social media, as they await their men to join them. Even though the female team won the Nation's Cup, they still have to partake at the Olympic qualifier; so hopefully both them and the male teams would journey together.
The heated game between Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire was a stepping stone to this achievement, while both teams sought relevance for the same goal. It is worthy of note that Cote D'Ivoire beat Nigeria in a home game to qualify for the world cup. This encounter, was what separated the men from the boys.
While other teams, who qualified for the next round square it out amongst themselves, team Nigeria has other plans to make this work.
Without further ado, Stan Okoye had a terrific 100% in 3-point shots, as he knocks down three of them in a row. Plus a free throw to end up with 10 points.
Jordan Nwora did not play due to injured ankle.
Al-Farouq Aminu came out hot, with great show or play and support to and from teammates.
Ekpe Udoh, showcased his massive defensive play at the paint, especially with two blocks, to deter the opposition from scoring.
Overall, here are the bullets
#22 Nnamdi Vincent: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
#7 Al-farouq Aminu: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
#8 Ekpe Udoh: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks
#4 Ben Uzoh: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
#5 Stan Okoye: 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block
Nigeira would square it out with the home team, China on Sunday.
Would Nigeria seal the deal and book the ticket to the Olympic qualifiers?
Nigerian D'Tigers lost to Russia in a tough competitive match, 82-77.
Both teams went toe-to-toe with each other, but more oppotunities were converted to points by the Russians. After trailing from behind, Nigeria's highest lead was six points, but failed to maintain it at the last quarter.
Head coach Alex Nwora admitted the errors made, and they would see to it that they perform better upcoming games, as they prepare to qualify for the next round.
Team Nigeria had a deficit of five points at the end of the first and fourth quarter.
With the plans, plays and executions, five players came out with two-digits in points.
#20 Josh Okogie: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
#22 Nnamdi Vincent: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 steals
#10 Chimezie Metu: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
#7 Al-Farouq Aminu: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
#33 Jordan Nwora: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
They face Argentina on Monday.