Obama To Open Basketball Court in Siaya

Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) has partnered with the Sauti Kuu Foundation by establishing a court at the soon to be opened Sauti Kuu Sports, Resources and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County. 

Toronto Raptors President and GOA founder Masai Ujiri said that the Alego facility scheduled to be opened on July 16th by former United States President Barack Obama is part of a series of basketball courts to be built across Africa in an effort to grow the next generation of African leaders.

“Over the past 15 years I have watched countless timid, hopeful kids transform into inspired, mission-driven leaders as a result of simply being exposed to more,” said Mr. Ujiri.

“As we work to create greater opportunity for young adults on the continent, expansion is our natural next step in delivering on our mission. Basketball opened so many doors and built me up on many levels, so I’m excited to pay that forward to the next generation of African giants,” he added.

Sauti Kuu which is run by Dr. Auma Obama is an organization focused on creating structures to help youth become mentally, socially and financially self-reliant. Ujiri plans to infuse local flavor into the design aesthetic of the basketball structures to feed into the vibrant youth culture of each African country.

Empowered by the impact the game has had on his own journey, Ujiri co-founded Giants of Africa with aspirations to leverage basketball as a vessel for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world.

Since its 2003 launch in Nigeria, the not-for-profit organization has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game. The organization has prioritized skills training and personal development from basketball, health and wellness, to leadership and social impact.

This partnership has been made possible through the relationship between Sauti Kuu and Gina Din Foundation. 

“Over the years my foundation the Gina Din Foundation has worked closely to use sports to impact communities. We are delighted with this announcement,” said foundation founder Ms. Gina Din-Kariuki.

“The mission of the Gina Din Foundation is to provide social impact on our youth, and over the years we have seen that sport is an excellent vehicle. With this court, I look forward to all the valuable life skills the local young girls and boys will gain through the medium of basketball,” she added.

USADF Hosts Youth Entrepreneurship Summit In Nairobi

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), in partnership with the Citi Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, hosted the 2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit with Africa’s top 50 social entrepreneurs from 18 countries from February 26 to 28 in Nairobi.

The Summit brought together past and present young entrepreneurs, all of whom have been awarded seed capital from USADF to grow their businesses to improve their communities. “USADF invests in young entrepreneurs as they build their businesses and improve livelihoods in their communities.

Equipping young people to be a part of Africa’s growth is vital to Africa’s economic development needs,” says C.D. Glin, President & CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation. “These young business leaders are part of a generation that will drive the growth and prosperity of the entire continent.”

“At Citi, we have been committed to the development of Africa since 1920, and through the Citi Foundation we have the opportunity to carry out programs that generate economic progress in the region through high-impact regional and local initiatives, with a focus on young adults and women.

The Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative is working with the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) to provide young entrepreneurs with the business support services and access to seed capital needed to cultivate their businesses,” said Citi Cluster Head for East Africa, Joyce-Ann Wainaina.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit featured networking, cross-sector collaboration, and skill-building sessions led by expert facilitators, thought leaders and local business men and women. This unique opportunity gave USADF’s youth entrepreneurs access to a built-in network of collaborators, mentors, partners, and peers that they may draw upon as their enterprises expand.

USADF Board Member Iqbal Paroo moderated a panel on the final day of the conference concerning the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as mentoring and advising in small group coaching sessions with USADF grantees.

The USADF-Citi Foundation partnership impacts young entrepreneurs in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

These youth-led enterprises in which USADF and the Citi Foundation have invested will continue to make an impact in communities throughout the continent in the years and decades to come.

In collaboration USADF and the Citi Foundation will provide over $500,000 in follow-onfunding for 12 of their most promising previous winners. These two-time grant recipients have demonstrated catalytic and socially conscious business solutions to issues they have identified in their communities.

These seed capital grants support entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, like Dr. Charles Akhimein who launched a mobile platform to answer health-related questions and advice for teenagers in Nigeria, and Brenda Katwesigye who provides affordable eye care to low-income children.

The Citi Foundation awarded USADF $450,000 in 2017 as part of its global expansion of Pathways to Progress, which has committed to reach 500,000 young people by 2020 with a $100 million investment.

This is Citi and the Citi Foundation’s solution to the current high rates of youth unemployment and the need to prevent a lost generation of talent.

To date, USADF’s has invested over $4 million dollars in seed capital to 200 entrepreneurs in over 30 countries, many of whom will be in attendance in Nairobi next week.

USADF selects Africa’s top entrepreneurs through the United States’ Young African Leadership Initiative, drawing Mandela Washington Fellows and alumni from Regional Leadership Centers throughout the continent.

Davido’s Anticipated Rae Ssremurd & Young Thug Collabo #ROTW

It was once rumored to always be a race-to-the-top between Niaja emcees Davido and Wizkid.

Well, Wizkid’s got a number of chart topping international collabos and whether it’s in proof of their long lasting competition or not, Davido has only just also released another one of his international collabos and it’s already made it to be Record of the Week (ROTW).

Pere

Featuring Rae Ssremurd and Young Thug, this Sony signed star goes ham on the DJ Mustard produced beat worthy of the top position on any music chart, somegthing we already predict to happen.

Davido who has been in the country a number of times has had a few cross over hits before now, with artists from Africa like Mafikizolo and Diamond Platnumz as well American singer Tinashe.

The video to this brand new one, ‘Pere’ garnered over one million views in under 5 days and will now enjoy a week’s long airplay and bragging rights as HBR’s record of the week.

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