Giants of Africa Announce Youth Festival to be held in Kigali, Rwanda
Today, Giants of Africa announced the launch of the first ever Giants of Africa festival – a week-long celebration focused on youth, basketball, empowerment and education. This event will be held in Kigali, Rwanda this summer. The Giants of Africa Festival will bring together boys and girls from 11 African countries to highlight and celebrate each country’s unique culture and tradition, and two hundred youth from Nigeria, Senegal,Cameroon, Mali, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Somalia will participate in the week-long festivities.
Over the years we have seen basketball becoming one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Various activities surrounding the growth of the game have involved youth programs that not only encourage youth to play the game of basketball, but also teach them life skills.
It takes great leadership and a heart for the next generation to see movement that will impact generations.Rwanda has a leader who believes in growth and development by investing in his people, and working with fellow Africans and organizations to make an impact.
His Excellency President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda was joined by Masai Ujiri, the president of the Toronto Raptors and Giants of Africa, to make the announcement. “Over the past 17 years, I have witnessed the transformative impact that basketball can have on African youth,” Ujiri said. “This latest evolution of our Giants of Africa summer programming is going to be unbelievable. For the first time, youth from countries across Africa will have an opportunity to meet, learn about other cultures and build camaraderie with their peers, who share a common love of the game. Basketball opened so many doors for me, and I’m excited to support this next generation of African giants achieve their dreams.”
The event will run from Aug.16 to 22, and will also feature special events and concerts open to the public. “I am sure those who will be coming here whether it is the first time or one of many times, they will discover that we are a welcoming people and country,” President Kagame said. “We won’t just be writing it on the billboards, we want to make sure the experience is real and felt by whoever comes. And the people of this country always leave our history behind us and keep going towards the future much as we draw lessons from that. We are people of high ambitions, who work hard and want to be happy despite those challenging circumstances they have had to deal with and still have to deal with.”
The festival will also include a Dream Big Leadership Conversation Series, which will focus on education and female empowerment. The series will feature discussions with thought leaders from around the world with the goal of inspiring campers to think big, be innovative, build confidence and become leaders in their own community. Africa is the youngest continent in the world, with over 60 percent of the continent’s population under 25.
We need to see more African presidents invest in youth basketball the way the way His Excellency President Paul Kagame is, all eyes are on the Africa; let's give them something to look at.