Giants of Africa (GOA) is a basketball camp founded by Masai Ujiri as a platform to explore and nurture basketball talent among African youth.
The festival will attract 200 boys and girls from 11 African countries. The festival starts from August 16 to August 22.
Announcing the festival, President Kagame thanked Masai Ujiri for his work with Giants of Africa and said that the camp is crucial in developing the talents of African youth.
“I want to welcome everyone. You will see that this country is hospitable. It is a country that puts honor first. We need to take care of ourselves, by doing everything necessary to explore the talents of the youth on this continent, especially that the youth make the biggest percentage of Africa’s population. We believe that we will get a good outcome as Masai put it. Africans always win. So, go forward.”
Masai Ujiri thanked the president for the role he plays in the development of Africa, puts into action everything he desires, including the building of Kigali Arena and promoting sports.
“I thank President Kagame for his amazing work and for accepting that this camp takes place here. Africans must win because we are the winners.”
Myrah Naomi Nantume, one of Giants of Africa’s alumni, spoke of how the program not only helps the youth in basketball but also in other sports and their everyday life. She asked all youth to exploit the opportunity.
Giants of Africa started in 2003 in Nigeria but in 2014 Ujiri took it outside of the country.
One of the projects that were extended from Giants of Africa is the renovation of the basketball court at Club Rafiki, Nyamirambo, launched on August 8, 2017, by President Kagame.
The 11 countries that will participate in the camp are Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Rwanda.