Portrait of Allesene Ntwali
Allesene Ntwali (b. 1996) is a prolific basketball player, born in Rwanda. Before immigrating to the United States with his family in 2005, Allesene lived in Uganda for nearly a year. As the oldest of five siblings, he had to mature faster than his brothers and sisters. Upon graduating high school in 2015, Allesene received an athletic scholarship to Grand Canyon University but had to take a break from school the following year. Currently, Allesene is a father to a one-year-old daughter and is working towards becoming a businessman.
The colorful garment that Allesene is wearing is referred to as a wrapper, lappa, or pagne. It is widely worn in west Africa by both men and women. It can simply be tied around the head as a head-wrap, around the waist, and also fully tailored. The lappa, as Liberians refer to it, can be used formally or informally; its formality depends on the fabric used to create it. Solomon is using this garment in such a way that reads as a bandanna to most westerners.
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