Dambisa Moyo and Forest Whitaker join strategic investor group in NBA Africa


Whitaker, American actor, producer, director, humanitarian and activist, has been honored with a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 2006 Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the former Ugandan President Idi. Amin in British historical drama The Last King of Scotland. In 2011, he was inducted as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was subsequently promoted to Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, as well as an Advocate of the Goals United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). . Whitaker is the CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), a nonprofit organization that aims to promote the values ​​of peace, reconciliation and social development in communities that have been affected by conflict and violence. Through WPDI, Whitaker has developed the Youth Peacemaker Network, a global peacebuilding network with centers in South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico and the United States, and which will soon expand. to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to France. WPDI is active in the field of sport through its Peace Through Sports program, which combines sports practice and tournaments with workshops and events aimed at spreading the values ​​of tolerance, non-violence and respect for human rights.

“I have loved the sport my entire life and am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to support basketball in Africa at an elite level,” Moyo said. “Basketball has a great capacity to be a positive force for communities across this incredible continent.”

“I am delighted to become a strategic investor in NBA Africa as it plans to develop basketball’s presence across the continent,” said Whitaker. “Basketball is incredibly inspiring, and my decade of working in Africa has shown me how sport can be a transformative method to help foster peace, as well as an economic engine for socio-economic development in the areas. conflict. I deeply believe in the league’s commitment to youth empowerment and am delighted to be working alongside the NBA Africa family.

“We are delighted to welcome Dambisa and Forest to the NBA Africa family,” said Victor Williams, CEO of NBA Africa. “They are both accomplished humanitarians whose expertise, resources and guidance will add tremendous value to our existing investor group. We thank them for their commitment and confidence in our efforts to use basketball as an engine of economic growth and as a vehicle to positively impact the lives of young people across the continent. “

NBA Africa leads the NBA’s activities in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL) (www.theBAL.com), which brings together the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries and will enter its second season (https: // bit. ly / 3EgBAcK) in March 2022. NBA Africa is focused on expanding the league’s presence in priority African markets, deepening the league’s engagement with players and fans across the continent and the further growth of the basketball ecosystem in Africa through programs like the NBA Jr., Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa and NBA Academy Africa. In July, former President Barack Obama joined NBA Africa (https://on.nba.com/3pfFo9S) as a strategic partner.

NBA Africa’s strategic investors also include a consortium led by Babatunde “Tunde” Folawiyo, Chairman and CEO of Yinka Folawiyo Group, and Helios Fairfax Partners Corporation (HFP), led by co-CEO Tope Lawani. Other NBA Africa investors include former NBA Junior players Bridgeman, Luol Deng (South Sudan), Grant Hill, Ian Mahinmi (France; links to Benin), Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Joakim Noah (links with Cameroon).

The NBA has a decades-long history in Africa and opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg in 2010. Since then, the league’s efforts on the continent have focused on improving access to basketball and football. NBA through social responsibility, grassroots and elite development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, the NBA Africa Games, the launch of BAL, etc.

On May 30, Zamalek (Egypt) defeated US Monastir (Tunisia) 76-63 to win the inaugural BAL Championship (https://bit.ly/3FmZ6Gj), which was broadcast to fans in 215 countries and territories in 15 languages. Fans can follow @NBA_Africa and @theBAL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Media contacts:
Elliot Steinbaum
NBA Communication
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Pawel weszka
NBA Africa Communication
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About the NBA:
The NBA is a global sports and media company built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League, and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has also partnered with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league bringing together the top 12 club teams from across Africa. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on seven continents. The NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries. NBA Digital assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA app, and the NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers worldwide across all league, team and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league is tackling important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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