OFF THE COURT WITH QUEEN JOHN… Belema Alamina of Rivers Hoopers

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I hope you had a great time reading my first piece on Kwara Falcons power forward, Femi Adekanye whose off the court lifestyle is quite an interesting one as a model and upcoming actor.
 
Still on what Nigeria basketball players do off the court especially during the off season, the second episode reveals another interesting personality.
 
In this episode, I will be chatting with another power forward who is the vice-captain of Rivers Hoopers Basketball club, Belema Alamina. Stick around………..
 
May I Know You?
 
My name is Belema Alamina, was born on 17th August, 1983. I am from Ogoloma in Okrika local government area of Rivers State. I attended Navy primary school, Borokiri, later went to Government Secondary School Borokiri (GSS), and graduated from River State University of Science Technology, UST as a Petroleum Engineer.
I am a professional basketball player for Rivers Hoopers Basketball club and a Petroleum Engineer with Kentgerman global limited located at 219 Trans Amadi Industrial Layout Port Harcourt. I have been working there since 2013 as a metering Technician.
 
What’s the nature of your job?
 
Metering Technician is all about measurement in oil and gas. I carry out recertification of prover loop system, meter proving and calibration of meters of all kinds, small volume prover system operator, instruments calibration ( pressure and temperature gauges), specialized in prover tanks and also documentation.
 
Was It Petroleum Engineering You Planned On Studying From The Beginning?
 
I wanted Geology or Petroleum Engineering and I got Petroleum. My dream was to go to University of Port Harcourt but I got UST.
 
Were you disappointed?
 
No, I was not; all I needed was to be admitted into a university.
 
How Did You Start Playing Basketball?
 
I started when I was in SS3 in 2002 with Coach Fubara Onyanabo at Baptist High School Churchill Road Borokiri. After school, I’ll go for practice by 4pm at the Baptist court.
 
You go to play rather than go home?
 
Nah… I get home, change and run to the court. Okay.
 
Who Introduced You To Basketball And To Coach Fubara?
 
While I was in secondary school, a classmate of mine called Olumide brought basketball to class and during lunch break he bounced the ball with his friends and that caught my interest. When I got home, I told a neighbour of mine called Soso Reuben Daka who no longer plays basketball. He introduced me to Coach Fubara and I am so happy for the contact I had with him.
 
Did Soso play for any recognized club or national sport festivals?
 
No he didn’t. He just played for pleasure and fitness.
 
How Were You Able To Marry Basketball And School?
 
Well I did my best to make sure both went smoothly. When it was time for my WAEC, I had to drop basketball for a while and concentrate on my exams.
 
When Did You Join Rivers Hoopers?
 
I joined the team in 2004. I was among the pioneers of the team when it was called Royal Hoopers which was founded by Syndoff  Ndom. But before then, I was going for basketball camps like Osita Camp in Enugu, Ejike Elite Camp in Kaduna, Ejike Camp in Bayelsa state, Hoopers Elite camp amongst others.
 
HOW Were Players Selected Into Royal Hoopers?
 
They hosted a competition called “Royal Clinics” which was announced on air at that time. I heard about it on radio and decided to go for the competition. Many young players attended the clinic and the organizers grouped us into 6 teams. About 30 players were selected at the end of the competition to form the team called Royal Hoopers. Although my team won the competition, I was also crowned the most valuable player of the tournament. We were just playing selected sides at that time and teams around the country till we officially joined the Nigeria basketball league in 2010. Many of players were dropped and new ones were recruited so we could compete favourably with other teams in the Atlantic conference. Ogoh Odaudu was also brought in to coach the team while Lamia Johnson and Johnson Orupabo who were among the pioneer coaches of the team were the two left to assist Odaudu.
 
To be continued
 
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