NBA Africa Game 2017

The 2nd ever NBA Africa Game returned to Johannesburg, South Africa on August 5, 2017. The event was preceded by a week full of basketball camps, community service, and events in which the NBA lends its resources to various communities. I was privileged to attend the Welcome Reception and the NBA Africa Game 2017.  

It's really a big deal for the sport as the NBA continues to formalize its operations and expand its viewership on the continent African continent. Econet/Kwese, led by Strive Masiyiwa announced their partnership with the NBA in 2016. They've become the official broadcaster for the NBA in sub-Saharan Africa and it's the largest deal the NBA has done on the continent.

You can ready more about Econet x NBA here: http://www.nba.com/2016/news/04/21/nba-econet-media-reach-partnership-for-sub-saharan-africa/

Here's some footage from the game:

Here are some photos from the Welcome Reception and NBA Africa Game 2017:

Strive Masiyiwa (Econet Founder and Executive Chairman)

Strive Masiyiwa (Econet Founder and Executive Chairman)

Akon

Akon

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Amadou Gallo Fall (NBA Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Africa introducing co-captains for Team World - Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker and Team Africa co-captains Thabo Sefolosha and Luol Deng)

Amadou Gallo Fall (NBA Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Africa introducing co-captains for Team World - Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker and Team Africa co-captains Thabo Sefolosha and Luol Deng)

Mo came through as my wingman

Mo came through as my wingman

Welcome to South Africa!

Welcome to South Africa!

Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors)

Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors)

Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors Team President)

Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors Team President)

Courtney Lee (New York Knicks) #KnicksTape

Courtney Lee (New York Knicks) #KnicksTape

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) - Just two kids from the South Bronx in South Africa

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) - Just two kids from the South Bronx in South Africa

Tresor (Sony Music Africa/Ultra Records)

Tresor (Sony Music Africa/Ultra Records)

Invitation 

Invitation 

Game Day!

Game Day!

National Anthem

National Anthem