Who Is Ilana Nunn Okafor? Emeka Okafor Wife: Age And Wiki

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The former NBA player Emeka Okafor and his wife, Ilana Nunn Okafor, are parents of two children.

Even if Okafor’s wife didn’t get into sports herself, she has had family connections in athletics. She is the daughter of former NBA referee Ronnie Nunn.

While her beau excelled in the hoops, Ilana caught prominence in sports PR and management.

Former NBA Player Emeka Okafor Was The 2nd Overall Pick In The 2004 NBA Draft
Former NBA Player Emeka Okafor Was The 2nd Overall Pick In The 2004 NBA Draft (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi “Emeka” Okafor is a former basketball player who played 10 seasons in the NBA. He was the 1st round (2nd overall) pick of the 2004 NBA draft behind Dwight Howard.

Throughout his NBA journey, Okafor played for the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-09), New Orleans Hornets (2009-12), and Washington Wizards (2012-13).

In 2013, due to a herniated disc in his neck, the Texas native basketball player remained out for three seasons (2014, 2015 & 2016).

Even if he made a return in the 2017 season, he struggled with gameplay that saw him a brief time in the NBA G League’s Delaware 87ers.

Although Emeka made his NBA return in 2018 with the Pelicans, it didn’t work out. So, he signed with the Korean basketball club Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus (2019-20) before retiring.

Emeka Okafor Wife: Who Is Ilana Nunn Okafor? Age & Wiki

Ilana Nunn Okafor is the longtime girlfriend-turned-wife of the former NBA power forward Emeka Okafor.

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, in August 1979, Mrs. Okafor is 44 years old as of 2024.

She is three years older than her husband Emeka, born on September 28, 1982, which makes his age 41 now.

Unlike her husband, Ilana doesn’t have a Wikipedia page.

Instead, her profiles are available on social media platforms like Instagram (joined in Nov 2011), Twitter (joined in March 2009), and Facebook.

Emeka Okafor With His Wife Ilana
Emeka Okafor With His Wife Ilana (Source: Facebook)

She is the daughter of Ronnie Nun, a former NBA referee, and his wife, Andee Nunn.

Ilana has a younger sister named Alexi Freeman (b. Feb 1982), who is married to Jim Freeman.

A grad of Harvard Law School with a JD, Alexi is an associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and director of Social Justice Initiatives/Professor at the University of Denver.

Ilana Nunn Okafor’s Married Life And Kids

It’s been 11 years since Emeka and his wife, llana Nunn Okafor, are together. They married on September 17, 2012, after dating for many years.

While the two keep their courtship details under wraps, they can’t help but showcase their adoration for each other on their social media posts.

Together, the couple shares two children: Adaeze & Nnamdi. Their oldest child, daughter Adaeze, was born in 2013.

Later, they welcomed their son, Nnamdi.

Emeka Shares Two Children With His Wife, Ilana Nunn Okafor
Emeka Shares Two Children With His Wife, Ilana Nunn Okafor (Source: Twitter)

Ahead of his daughter’s birth, Emeka shared about her fatherhood experience and stated that it was ‘unnerving to him’ in an interview with The Washington Post.

Now, Okafor resides in New York with his wife and two kids.

His spouse, Ilana, is busy taking care of children. According to her LinkedIn profile, she formerly worked as a director of Public Relations at BDA Sports Management.

Also, she worked as a PR manager at Phat Farm/Russell Simmons and in the NBA.

An alumnus of Danbury High School, Ilana Okafor graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.

Krishna Pandey
Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey

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