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Aminu Mohammed’s journey and the destination he’s chasing

The court where his dream began was painted green and red and lined with winding white stripes. Cracks snaked through the cement beneath the wooden backboards and metal rims looped with crisscrossed nylon. There were police barracks across the way, 24 cubicle apartments with peeling grey paint, floor after floor, stretching deep into the Nigerian sky.

Now, Aminu Mohammed is an ocean away.

The court was located in the Lagos, Nigeria police district. Mohammed’s father was a retired officer and they lived in the barracks. Mohammed regularly tagged along to the court with his five older brothers.