After a challenging 2022, the Nigerian women’s basketball team, known as “D’Tigress,” faced the necessity for a significant overhaul. Their tumultuous year included a ban by the Federal Government, resulting in their expulsion from the FIBA World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Furthermore, their coach, Otis Hughley, stepped down, and several crucial players departed due to the crisis.
However, a ray of hope emerged when the NBBF made a groundbreaking decision to appoint a 31-year-old Nigerian woman as the D’Tigress new coach.
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With this single dcision, the Nigerian basketball world brought its very own Wonder Woman into the scene, and her name is Rena Wakama.
A force to be reckoned with, this US-based dynamo hails from Rivers State, Nigeria and has been making waves in the world of basketball. Recently appointed as the head coach of the revered D’Tigress on June 30th, 2023, Rena’s journey to success is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Having spent her formative years in the US, Rena Wakama’s passion for basketball led her to play professionally in the UK, where she showcased her exceptional skills both on and off the court. Notably, she was a pivotal player for the D’Tigress, contributing significantly to their triumphant victories as the three-time consecutive champions in 2017, 2019, and 2021.
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Stepping into the shoes of the renowned Otis Hughley, Rena Wakama embraced this challenging role with unwavering determination. Her experience as a former basketball player and her intimate understanding of the team’s dynamics positioned her as the ideal candidate to lead the D’Tigress to even greater heights.
A trailblazer and a true embodiment of grit and determination, Wonder Woman Rena Wakama carried the torch of leadership, poised to leave an indelible mark on the legacy of Nigerian basketball.
Stepping into the shoes of the revered Otis Hughley was no small feat, but Rena Wakama took on the challenge with unwavering confidence, knowing that her love for the game and her profound understanding of its intricacies would lead her to greatness.
With her unparalleled experience both as a player and a professional, she breathe new life into the team, igniting a renewed sense of pride and determination among the players.
Wonder Woman Rena Waka participated in the 2023 Women’s AfroBasket Ball Tournament as the only female coach.
Rena Wakama brought a fresh perspective and a winning mindset to the D’Tigress team. Her strategic prowess and ability to inspire her players started to make a profound impact. Under her guidance, the D’Tigress scaled to new heights and solidified their position as a dominant force in the tournament and also in international basketball.
With Rena Wakama at the helm, the D’Tigress sets its sights on new victories and a bright future.Rena Wakama’s impeccable fashion sense, undeniable swag, and impressive tactical acumen captured everyone’s attention.
The formidable D’Tigress team she assembled in less than a month, effortlessly dismantled opponents on all sides during the 2023 Women’s AfroBasketBall Tournament.
Following each victory, they celebrated with dancing, displaying the true Naija Spirit in all its glory.
Yesterday marked a historic moment for Nigeria Basket Ball Federation and also for Rena Wakama as D’Tigress won the tournament, the fourth consecutive time and Rena Wakama became the first female coach to secure the title. Wow! our pride in her achievement knows no bounds.
Congratulations to the triumphant D’Tigress team, whose hard work paid off brilliantly.
Heartwarming congratulations go to our esteemed Coach and Wonder Woman, Rena Wakama, for her outstanding leadership and guidance.
Today, Nigeria can wear a smile of joy and celebration for this remarkable accomplishment.