Part I: Qaddafi’s Point Guard, an Interview with Alex Owumi


Alex Owumi, a U.S. Basketball player took a contract that would get him out of a bad situation.

Little did he know, it was just going to put him into a much worse one.

Alex was playing for the Benghazi Basketball team in Libya when the Arab Spring occurred.

When the world turned into a warzone outside of his penthouse apartment.

Today he joins us to tell the story of how he, unknowingly, came to be playing for a team owned by Qaddafi, his attempts to motivate the team, and the horrors of being trapped in the middle of a revolution with no end in sight.

This is part one of a two part interview. Make sure to check back tomorrow to hear the conclusion of Alex’s story.

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In This Episode:

  • How Alex ended up playing for Libya.
  • Christmas from far away.
  • The hostile working environment in Libya.
  • Leading up to the Arab Spring.
  • A beautiful city descending into a warzone.
  • What happens when you’re trapped in an apartment for over 2 weeks.
  • His experience being on the verge of suicide.

and much more!

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  • Wow. Such an inspirational, and powerful episode. There was a nice juxtaposition between the good and evil parts of living abroad and I can’t wait to hear more of Alex’s story. I’m also delighted to hear from a fellow African American traveler. The beginning of the episode slightly hints at the differences and sometimes, challenges that many other groups face while traveling abroad. There is so much to be learned from Mr. Owumi.

    As always, keep up the great work Travis. And I love the new website design!

    • @Marcus- That is an interesting point, and one, that I, as a white American, have not had to deal with before. I’m really glad you liked Alex’ story, and Part II is just as good. I’m really lucky to have had him on, and he’s such an incredible guy, that I’m sure if you reached out, he’d be happy to communicate more.

      Thanks, the design is great. Lots of kinks to work out, but we are working hard behind the scenes to get it up to par!