Adaora Nnenna Elonu (born 28 April 1990) is a Nigerian basketball forward for the Nigeria women’s national team and the Uni Girona CB. Elonu played college basketball for Texas A&M, with whom she won the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Early Life and Career
In 2012, she went overseas, playing one season in Israel for Hapoel Galil Elyon, after which she signed in Spain with Beroil–Ciudad de Burgos. After the team disbanded, she signed for CB Conquero with whom she won the 2016 Copa de la Reina, being selected as the tournament’s MVP. Despite not playing several games with the club due to lack of payment of her wages, she likewise finished the regular season with the highest efficiency ranking. Subsequently, she signed for Spanish champion CB Avenida for season 2016–17.she averaged 9.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position.
On 10 August 2018, she signed with the WNBA side Atlanta Dream on a seven-day contract.
Elonu moved to spanish side Uni Girona CB in August, 2019. she won Most Valuable Player (MVP) as Uni Girona, defeated Perfumerías Avenida 82-80 points to lift the Spanish Super Cup at the Fontajau in September, 2019.
Elonu has played with the Nigerian’s national team with whom she achieved the bronze medal in the AfroBasket Women 2015, being elected as part of the tournament’s All-Star Five. She was part of the Nigerian side that won gold at the Afrobasket 2017 championship in Mali. She averaged the team’s high 3.9 assists per game. She was also a member of the tournament’s top ten players. Elonu emerged captain of the Nigeria Women’s National Basketball Team on 10 August while the team camped in Atlanta in preparation for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup. During the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, she averaged 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. She also participated in the 2021 FIBA women’s Afrobasket basketball tournament in Cameroon, as the captain of the team, clinching the title. She was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Husband and Personal Life
Adaora Elonu is currently single and not yet married.
Adaora Elonu is sister to also professional basketball player Chinemelu Elonu.
Adaora Elonu’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $800, 000 – $8 million.