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Nigerian Athlete Never Forgets Homeland

Recently retired NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha visited Chicago on Mar. 29 to receive the Common Ground Foundation’s Global Impact Award. Asomugha, married to actress Kerry Washington, was honored for work his Asomugha Foundation does with inner-city youth across the country and with widows and orphans in his native Nigeria and in South Africa. | Jeff Schear for the Common Ground Foundation

BET On the Record…

The former NFL player shows inner city students the value and promise of college.

I’ve always believed that success is like a roll of film; in order for it to develop, you need exposure.

I grew up in Los Angeles, in a Nigerian household, with my parents and my three siblings. Throughout my childhood, my parents opened our home to family and friends who moved from Nigeria and didn’t have a place to live. They’d stay with us for days, weeks or even months, depending on how long it took them to get on their feet. Sometimes our house got so crowded I’d have to forfeit my bedroom and sleep on the couch.

Why College is Important in the Workforce

Nnamdi Asomugha of the San Francisco 49ers joins NewsNation to discuss how the latest jobs report stressed the importance of a college education. Asomugha talks about the mission of his foundation to help kids from low-income families achieve the dreams of higher education.

Having a Strong Team is Essential

As we prepare for Pro Bowl Sunday, you’ll hear me and my fellow NFL all-stars thank our teammates and coaches for their support throughout the season. It is a priority for me, as I’m interviewed this week, to emphasize that individual achievements are not usually attained without the dedication of a group of people working together to succeed. As someone who relies on others to reach my goals on the field, I know that having a strong team is essential to success.

A Shutdown Corner Picks Off an Award – The Jefferson Award

Four Supreme Court Justices, a former president, several Secretaries of State and now Nnamdi Asomugha and Tyrus Thomas. The Oakland Raiders cornerback (left) and Charlotte Bobcats forward on Monday became the first to win the new athletes category of the Jefferson Award, a public-service prize founded in part by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1972.

City of Carson Councilman Mark Gipson honors Dr. Lilian Asomugha at Women In Leadership event

CARSON – On April 10, 2010, Dr. Lilian Asomugha, President of the Asomugha Foundation, was honored by City of Carson Councilman Mike Gipson at the 4th annual Women in Leadership Breakfast. The annual awards ceremony highlights extraordinary women in Southern California having a profound impact, both locally and abroad, through their exemplary leadership in service. Among the honorees were California State Senator Gloria Romero, Councilwoman Janice Hahn, and FM radio personality Nautica De La Cruz.

Making a Difference in His Native Nigeria and the Next Generation Here at Home

Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha remembers the moment as if it happened just yesterday.

A native of Nigeria, Asomugha grew up in Southern California after his parents fled the impoverished country. “My favorite piece of clothing as a boy was a purple Magic Johnson jersey from the Los Angeles Lakers,” Asomugha recalls. “I wore that jersey every day until it didn’t fit any longer.” On his first visit back to his homeland as a 7-year-old, “I saw another little guy wearing my old favorite jersey. I could tell by looking at it that it had been mine.