Obi Melifonwu

Obi Melifonwu

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Updated On April 7, 2022
London, England
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London, England

Obi Melifonwu is a renowned American football safety currently playing for Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL (United States Football League).

Early Life and Childhood

Obi Melifonwu was born Henry-William Obiajulu Melifonwu on 5th April 1994. His birth took place in London, England. With this, he is currently in his 27th year while he holds American citizenship. Also, the safety man follows Christianity and his birth sign is Aries.

Moving on toward his family members, he was born to Igbo Nigerian parents. He hasn’t shared much regarding her father but his mother’s name is Tina Melifonwu. His mother is a nurse and holds high respect for the sacrifices she has made for her family. In addition, he has 3 brothers and a sister.

One of his brothers, Ifeatu Melifonwu is also a popular football cornerback. Likewise, his younger brother is Nonso Melifonwu and his elder brother is Michael Melifonwu. Similarly, he moved to the USA with his family at the age of three.


In terms of his educational status, Melifonwu completed his schooling at Grafton High School. Here, he played as a defensive back. After this, he attended the University of Connecticut and played college football there. In addition, he also studied at Syracuse University and gained popularity for his defensive skills.

Professional Life and Career

Obi Melifonwu started his career at college. He was a member of the Huskies while attending the University of Connecticut. In his debut year on the squad, he started all 12 games in which he tackled 70 times and intercepted twice. As he improved in his studies, he also improved in his games, including tackles and interceptions.

In his senior year of 2016, he appeared in 13 games, starting all of them, and set a school record with 118 tackles and four interceptions. His career record with the Huskies is 351 tackles and eight interceptions, which is an amazing amount for a player his age at the time.

Obi visited and worked out with over 10 NFL teams during his collegiate football career. He was also regarded as one of the top five possibilities for the best safety, with forecasts indicating that he will be selected by any of the clubs by the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.

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Caption: Obi practicing football (Source: Daily Mail)

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However, when the draft came around, he did not make the cut even in the second round and had to wait a long time before being taken by the Oakland-based Oakland Raiders. His stint with the Raiders was cut short due to injuries on many occasions, one of which necessitated hip surgery, causing him to play for just a brief period of time. As a consequence of his injuries, he was put on the Raiders’ injury reserve before being released in 2018.

Moving on, he signed with the New England Patriots a month after leaving the Raiders. After playing some games, he was released by the Patriots on April 27, 2020. Similarly, he signed a reserve contract with the San Francisco 49ers on January 4, 2021. On April 29, 2021, he was released. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on July 29, 2021. On August 9, 2021, he was waived/injured and placed on the injured reserve. On September 14, 2021, he was freed.

Net Worth

Being a successful American player, he has made a pretty satisfactory amount of wealth. According to the wiki sites, Obi is currently enjoying an estimated net worth of $3.5 million US dollars.

Relationship Status

Regarding his relationship status, he is currently in a romantic relationship with his sweetheart Alyssa Okada. Alyssa is a fitness enthusiast. The couple first met each other while studying at the University of Connecticut. They are together since then. Therefore, they are college lovers. Alyssa holds a degree in Public Relations and Communications. She mainly works in gyms and is a personal trainer. Likewise, the couple hasn’t made any plans for their marriage yet.

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Caption: Obi with his girlfriend Alyssa Okada (source: Instagram)

Body Measurements and Social Media

Enhancing his body measurements, Melifonwu is a tall and fit guy. Being a sportsperson, he has maintained an athletic body. Talking of his height and weight, he is 6 feet 4 inches or 1.93 meters tall and weighs around 102 kg or 224 pounds. In addition, the player has black hair and a couple of brown eyes.

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Caption: Obi posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Reflecting on his social media availability, he is available on most of them. He has over a thousand followers on Facebook, more than 31.9k followers on Instagram, and over 12.9k followers on his Twitter handle.