Former United States President Barrack Obama has joined NBA Africa as strategic partner
NBA Africa, the National Basketball Association’s Africa arm announced that Former US President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a minority owner and “strategic partner”.
His capacity as a strategic partner will be involved in helping advance the NBA’s social responsibility programmes, aimed at improving the livelihoods of young Africans while raising awareness on gender-based violence and promoting girls’ education.
“In Africa, basketball has the power to promote opportunity, wellness, equality and empowerment across the continent,”
The NBA stated that
“In this capacity, President Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa,”
In a video tweeted by NBA Africa about the partnership, the former president said basketball had the power to bring people together and empower the young.
“Even though I didn’t have the talent to play at the highest level, basketball still shaped my life. It taught me how to work hard, how to compete, how to be part of a team,”
— NBA Africa (@NBA_Africa) July 27, 2021