The president of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, attended the Africa Investment Forum for the second time, to renew his call for governments of Africa to make an investment in sports.
Ujiri is the first-ever president of the National Basketball Association of African origin who has put in so much effort over the past year to search for talent, as well as, raise awareness regarding the importance and growth of sports on the continent.
He passed as a statement that said that we should be advocating for the teams here in Africa, and this should be our vision. In Africa, sports will be the next big thing. In addition to this, he called on the investor to pay close attention.
He stated while he reeled off several players from Africa on the Raptors team that with this much talent in sports, there isn’t any way it should not be taken notice of.
On our continent, the sports ecosystem should be the greatest thing since it has the potential of creating jobs, as well as, improving livelihoods. Across the globe, players from Africa are in top leagues and consider the case where President of an African state is also a former footballer, Ujiri stated, referring to George Weah.
Ujiri joined the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Mara phones, Ashish Thakkar and Co-founder of Aliethiea IDF, Tokunboh Ishmael, for a panel session which was dubbed ‘Promises made, promises kept.’
Thakkar and Ishmael were present on the stage for sharing their testimonies, while Ujiri called on the investor to pay attention to sports showed off the National Basketball Association championship trophy which in the last year’s Forum he had assured to secure.
Ujiri told that Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda had paid attention to his call and was being a supporter of a “push” for sports.