Michaela Onyenwere’s grandmother stole the show after the UCLA basketball star was chosen to play for the New York Liberty!
On Thursday night, the 21-year-old forward was drafted to the WNBA during the first round as the sixth overall pick.
After the exciting news was announced in front of Michaela’s family and loved ones, her grandmother got up — showing off what Essence describes as a traditional Nigerian ensemble — and began doing a dance in celebration.
“I’m grandma!” she exclaimed as she began busting a move!
Michaela Onyenwere's grandma stole the show 💃🥰 pic.twitter.com/Jh4GAvgsKc— ESPN (@espn) April 15, 2021
After the moment went viral, social media users — including “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji — couldn’t get enough of grandma’s iconic moves.
“If your grandma don’t do a full-on praise dance in COMPLETE trad + gele for your big moment.... end the zoom! Lol,” Orji wrote.
“Oop not Michaela Onyenwere’s grandma stealing the moment with a lil praise dance in the back lol that’s so cute,” one Twitter user added.
“Now I can’t decide if I want to be Michaela Onyenwere ...or Michaela Onyenwere’s grandma when I grow up,” another added.
On Friday, Michaela wrote a tweet thanking those who have supported her basketball career.
“So excited for this new opportunity in New York! Grateful for all of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone else who was supported me up to this point. Excited for this chapter! Let’s get it!” she wrote.
The UCLA women’s basketball team also applauded the athlete, posting on their account:
Congratulations on your huge accomplishment, Michaela!