Hakeem Olajuwon, born 21 January 1963, 7ft tall, professional basketball player. Olajuwon grew up in Lagos playing mostly soccer. Olajuwon believes that his religious faith supported his drive to a great career. In 1993-94, Olajuwon attained the pinnacle of achievement when he won both the league and NBA Finals MVP awards while leading Houston to its first-ever NBA crown. Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon Biography and Profile.