Giants of Africa’s Basketball Court (Photo: Giants of Africa)
Giants of Africa, a foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of African youth through sports, and co-founder Masai Ujiri, Vice-Chairman and President of the Toronto Raptors, today announced the unveiling of four new basketball courts in Lagos, Nigeria.
Today’s announcement is a continuation of the ‘Built Within’ initiative – the foundation’s multi-year, 100-court commitment to investing in sports infrastructure across Africa. With the opening of these new courts, Giants of Africa has built a total of 20 courts in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal since September 2021.
“There is so much talent in Nigeria,” said Masai Ujiri, Giants of Africa co-founder and Vice-Chairman and President of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. “After unveiling our initial courts here in Lagos under the ‘Built Within’ initiative last year, we knew we would be back. We continue to be inspired by the youth as well as the communities that are committed to moving Africa forward through sports.”
“While basketball courts are the heart of the ‘Built Within’ initiative, it’s about providing valuable life skills to empower the youth, while creating stronger communities and job opportunities on and off the court. Our goal is to bring social transformation, education and enrichment to the lives of children across the continent and want Africa’s youth to dream big, believing that anything is possible,” continued Mr. Ujiri.
The unveilings take place at Gaskiya College and Egan Grammar School sponsored by the Jess and Scott Lake Foundation, the Ejigbo Mini Stadium in partnership with 2K Foundations, followed by Abesan Mini Stadium. The four new sites are in addition to the five previously announced locations, totaling nine basketball courts across Nigeria.
Each court unveiling event includes a basketball clinic for 50 boys and girls conducted by local and NBA Giants of Africa coaches, a life skills session, as well as entertainment. Sport Courts from Sport Court International, LLC, were used for Gaskiya College, Egan Grammar School and Abesan Mini Stadium. Prior to unveiling the courts in Nigeria, a court was unveiled in Kedougou, Senegal at Lycée Technique Industriel & Minier de Kedougou sponsored by IAMGOLD.
Meet Obi Asika: BAO (META) Conference 1.0 Fireside Chat Guest
Obi Asika is acknowledged as one of the key African voices in the cultural, creative, innovation and sports sectors. He is a policy expert, thought leader, a regular keynote speaker on the creative, cultural and innovation industries as well as being an executive producer for Film & TV, Music and Live events. Obi is one of the visionaries who with his record Label Storm records, led the globalisation of Nigerian music and the global arrival of Afrobeats.
He has created several tv shows and reality formats and also licensed and produced global formats. Obi was the executive producer for the first Big Brother Nigeria in 2005, he established Endemol Nigeria at that time. Obi was also Executive Producer for The Apprentice Africa, Dragons Den Nigeria, 100% Naija for Channel O, All Access Africa for Channel O, Vodafone Icons in Ghana, Naija Sings in Nigeria, both original reality formats.
As Chairman, Co-Founder Ampn West Africa he also launched As the Winner is and I love Nigeria which were Talpa Formats and before exiting launched the Voice Nigeria. Obi was Chairman and Co-Founder of SocialMediaWeek Lagos, from 2012-2020 which became one of the largest new media conferences on the continent.
Obi Asika is a member of the core group of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Nigerian Start Up Act and has worked on significant legislation in the spaces affecting creative industries,copyright, ip, innovation, sports and the entertainment industry. Obi Asika is presently driving a new ecosystem platform for the tech, innovation and connected industries called The Omniverse which is launching in 2023
Obi led the Technical Working Group in 2019-2021 which for the first time brought the CCHT (Culture, Creative, Hospitality, Tourism industries) to the Nigeria National Dev Plan 2020-2050. Obi Asika has been the principal advocate for Nigerian Soft Power since 2010. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and is presently also a judge on television for Nigerian Idol. He continues to produce important projects with the most recent being The Journey of the Beats on Showmax, a 10 part series which tracks the history and journey of Nigerian music through the ages.
Obi Asika sits at the nexus of culture, content and technology. He continues to influence policy and leaders to bring more attention to these sectors which include, sports, entertainment, technology, art, fashion, culture and the wider creative industries. Mr Asika is a born storyteller and has spent a lifetime producing content in multiple ways across multiple platforms.
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BAO Unveils First Lineup of Female Speakers For Its BAO (META) Conference 1.0
BAO (META) Conference Female Speakers
Business Africa Online (BAO) announced today the first confirmed female speakers for its inaugural BAO Media, Entertainment, Tech & Art (META) Conference, an immersive marquee conference for media, entertainment, tech and arts executives to be held at The Wheatbaker Hotel Ikoyi on August 24, 2023.
BAO (META) Conference will welcome over 300 of the most respected and impactful business executives and practitioners, including brands, technology, digital, media, entertainment, and culture, for this full day event. The Conference stages will feature leaders from across business and tech and also include media, celebrities, influencers, and others.
The confirmed first lineup of female speakers are;
- Ijeoma Onah, CEO, SuperTV & Founder, Nigerian International Film Summit.
- Beverely Agbakoba-Onyejianya, Partner/Head of Sports, Entertainment & Technology (SET) Group OAL.
- Mary Ephraim-Egbas, CEO Okhma Global & President Homelands Films
- DEBBIE LARRY-IZAMOJE, Chief Operating Officer Brila Media
- FOZA FAWEHINMI, Music Business ExecutivE & Advisory Member at Women in Music Nigeria.
BAO (META) Conference ultimately will have up to 20 speakers representing all aspects of the industry on its stages, presenting 6 tracks of curated content, Keynotes, Panel Sessions, Fireside Chat, an outside activation/exhibition area and VIP networking.
Alaba Ayinuola, Founder and CEO of Business Africa Online (BAO) said, “We are extremely honored to have these prestigious individuals be part of the inaugural edition of BAO (META) Conference. They represent Africa’s most powerful brands and by having them as speakers, this puts BAO (META) Conference in the spotlight to become the industry’s tent pole event and inspire decision makers across the broader ecosystem of media, entertainment, tech, and culture.”
“These speakers support BAO’s mission to bring marketers together and discuss the challenges they face head on and to give them the tools and confidence to become more successful in the future. Soon, we will present a list of more amazing celebrities and industry leaders.” Alaba added.
More speakers, including celebrities, entertainers, and influencers, will be announced soon.
TuneCore Partners Beatport To Enhance Seamless Music Distribution For Independent Artists
TuneCore, a leading development partner for self-releasing artists has partnered with Beatport, the global leader in music for DJs, producers, and their fans, to enable Tunecore artists in Nigeria to distribute their songs to the platform. The new partnership will enable Tunecore artists utilizing any of Unlimited distribution plans to send their music to the Beatport platform allowing artists to get their music in front of Beatport’s robust user base of electronic music fans, tastemakers, and professional DJs, as well as the platform’s in-house curation team.
Speaking on the collaboration, Tunecore CEO, Andreea Gleeson said: “The partnership will offer comprehensive distribution options for our electronic artists around the world, and give them access to a direct pipeline from their recording studio to the vibrant world of clubs, festivals, and radio, as well as the potential for additional promotional opportunities through Beatport’s DJ Charts and renowned editorial features.”
Beatport Group CEO affirming the company’s dedication to supporting new talents said the opportunity creates an avenue to empower a new generation of artistes, producers,and DJs
To celebrate the partnership, Tunecore, and Beatport will commence a talent hunt in May to discover and promote up-and-coming electronic music artists and producers. Submissions will be open for artists currently distributed by Tunecore and will be evaluated by an experienced and diverse panel of industry professionals.