Like many boys, Sunny Odogwu got a flat top growing up. His came as the result of steadying massive bowls of water atop his head during walks from his small Nigerian village to the nearest stream.
He’s not exactly sure how far it was, but compared the distance to traveling from Westwood to Culver City, which is several miles.
The bowls were so heavy that they compressed the top of his head, and he lost sensitivity.
“I can actually pull hair off here,” Odogwu said, yanking out a few strands, “and not feel it.”
Odogwu was selling the water one day when a man approached and asked if he played basketball. No, Odogwu told him, he played soccer. The man wouldn’t...