4/ Ezinne Kalu ( Nigeria)
Ezinne Kalu was little known before she made her debut with the Nigerian national team and almost caused damages at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in France in 2016. Arriving in Nantes as an unknown player, Kalu returned home as a future leader.
Despite the three memorable points scored by Kalu in the quarter-final clash against South Korea, Nigeria lost a ticket to join the Rio Olympics. However, she played an important role in helping her national basketball team gain their first FIBA Women’s AfroBasket in a decade in the next year.
Four years since her debut with the D’Tigresses, Kalue helped the Nigerian national team won two African titles.
5/ Meiya Tirera (Mali)
Meiya Tirera played as a solid defender and efficient scorer to help Mila reach the crown of Africa. However, her team only achieved three third places at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket. Despite such results, her team has proven their important role for her country’s new generation of hoopers in the past decade.
Tirera may have played her last AfroBasket in Senegal last year though she has represented Mila at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 early this year.
She not only helped InterClube de Luanda achieve the FIBA ACCW 2013 title but also made the All-Star team in the tournament in Morocco.
6/ Ramses Lonlack (Cameroon)
Ramses Lonlack was called the African Queen by Memphis University fans. However, when Cameroon hosted the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2015, she was named as a Cameroonian Goddess.
Cameroon last reached the top three of the African Championship in 1984, but with the contributions of Lonlack, Cameroon had various reasons to dream about a place in the Rio Olympics in the following year.
The Cameroon 2015 saw the best showing of Lonlack with the Lionesses Indomitable jersey. Two years earlier in Mozambique, the 24-year-old guard was named to the All-Star team after leading her country to the fourth place.