|Full name||Samuel Gbenga Okunowo|
|Date of birth||1 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Ibadan, Nigeria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Liberty Boys Club|
|1998–2001||→ Barcelona B|
|1999–2000||→ Benfica (loan)||9||(1)|
|2000–2001||→ Badajoz (loan)||0||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Stal (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Injury affected the vast majority of his professional career, which was spent in eight different countries other than his own.
Born in Ibadan, Okunowo signed with La Liga club FC Barcelona at only 18. In the 1998–99 season he competed for the starting spot in the first team with Michael Reiziger, and managed 21 appearances all competitions comprised (15 starts) as the Catalans went on to win the national championship.
However, Okunowo did not manage to remain with Barça, going on to serve two unassuming loans, with Portugal's S.L. Benfica and Spanish second division club CD Badajoz and being released in June 2002. He went on to represent – with very little impact as well – teams in four different countries: Greece, Romania, Albania and Ukraine.
In 2007, Okunowo was on trial at Northwich Victoria of the Conference National and Vilanova del Camí in the Spanish amateur leagues, but nothing came of it. Two years later, he returned to active with VB Sports Club in the Maldives; in October 2009, however, he joined England's Waltham Forest, playing in a league eight levels below the Premier League.
In February 2010, Okunowo underwent a trial with Polish Ekstraklasa side Odra Wodzislaw, in an attempt to return to top flight football, but nothing materialized. He also met the same fate whilst looking for a club in Norway.
Okunowo represented Nigeria at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (helping the hosts reach the quarter-finals), the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2000 Summer Olympics, winning eight caps with the senior team.
- "Okunowo el último fichaje" [Okunowo the last signing] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 16 August 1998. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Okunowo, al sol de las Maldivas" [Okunowo, in the sun of the Maldives] (in Spanish). Sport. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- "Former Barcelona defender Gbenga Okunowo: I want to retire in Nigeria". Goal.com. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- "The story of Samuel Okunowo: From Barcelona prodigy to Waltham Forest". These Football Times. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- Lewis blisko Odry, Everson czeka, Bruno Basto już nie (Lewis near Odry, Everson waiting, Bruno Basto no longer); Futbol, 5 February 2010 (in Polish)
- 2009: Spilte på Maldivene og nivå åtte i England / 2010: Fikk prøvespille i norsk eliteserie (2009: Played in the Maldives and level eight in England / 2010: Got a trial in the Norwegian league); Verdens Gang, 19 June 2011 (in Norwegian)
- Ex-Barca ace Okunowo joins Sunshine; MTN Football, 5 January 2012
- Samuel Okunowo – FIFA competition record
- "Okunowo pierde todo su patrimonio en un incendio" [Okunowo loses entire estate in fire] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Okunowo pide ayuda al Barça para volver a España y seguir jugando al fútbol" [Okunowo asks for Barça's help to return to Spain and continue to play football] (in Spanish). 20 minutos. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Okunowo reconoce que el Barça le ha ayudado" [Okunowo acknowledges Barça help] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2014.