AMES, Iowa - Maria Akraka's life has been one of contrast. Raised by a Nigerian father and a Swedish mother, she and her twin brother were born in London in 1966. When she was three, her family moved to Stockholm. In Sweden, Arkraka knew she was different. Her life's journey would take her to Iowa State, where she stood out because of her ISU Letterwinners Hall of Fame career as a four-time All-American.

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