Hakeem Olajuwon

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Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon ( ə-LAY-zhoo-on; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), nicknamed "the Dream", is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets, and in his last season, the Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hakeem Olajuwon has received more than 9,355,798 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Hakeem Olajuwon is the 30th most popular basketball player (down from 26th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Nigeria (down from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Nigerian Basketball Player.

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Among basketball players, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 30 out of 1,757Before him are Oscar Schmidt, Uljana Semjonova, Elgin Baylor, John Havlicek, Scottie Pippen, and Karl Malone. After him are Derrick Rose, Bob Cousy, George Mikan, Ben Wallace, John Stockton, and Dirk Nowitzki.

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Among people born in 1963, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 99Before him are Sridevi, Jason Newsted, Vladimir Petković, David Yates, Pierre Nkurunziza, and Karl Malone. After him are Tate Donovan, Anita Mui, Anne Jahren, Dean Norris, Tom Cavanagh, and Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 12 out of 309Before him are Sade (1959), Fela Kuti (1938), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), Bola Tinubu (1952), and Olusegun Obasanjo (1937). After him are Olaudah Equiano (1745), Sani Abacha (1943), Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), Francis Arinze (1932), Goodluck Jonathan (1957), and Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (1951).


Among basketball players born in Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 1After him are Ademola Okulaja (1975), Michael Olowokandi (1975), Festus Ezeli (1989), Josh Okogie (1998), Precious Achiuwa (1999), Solomon Alabi (1988), Aisha Mohammed (1985), and Caleb Agada (1994).