Obinna Ralph Ekezie (born August 22, 1975) is a Nigerian former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. His name, Obinna, means "Father's heart". He is a direct descendant of the 19th century Igbo warrior and businessman Duruike Akubugali, hence hails from Obor Autonomous Community in Orlu Urban Local Government Area of Imo State.
|Born||August 22, 1975|
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
|Nationality||Nigerian / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||268 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||Worcester Academy|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies|
|2001–2002||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2002–2003||Red Star Belgrade|
A 6'9" 270 lb center, Ekezie was selected with the 37th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies after playing with the Maryland Terrapins from 1995–1999. Obinna prepared for college at Worcester Academy, graduating in 1995.
Ekezie is the founder of ZeepTravel and Wakanow, online businesses allowing travel services for those going to and from America and Africa.