Toronto Raptors vice chairman and president, Masai Ujiri, returned to Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday to host a youth basketball clinic at Ilupeju Grammar School where they unveiled a basketball court in 2021.

Through his non-profit organisation, Giants of Africa, the clinic welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who shared remarks with the youth and participated in on-court activities.

“We are grateful to be joined by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at this basketball clinic here in Lagos,” Ujiri said.

The royal couple through their non-profit organisation, the Archewell Foundation, made a commitment to donate to Giants of Africa by supporting the construction of a new basketball court in Abuja.

“Basketball has the power to unite communities and inspire young people to reach their full potential. Teaming up with the Archewell Foundation, we look forward to creating experiences for young people, empowering them to become leaders, while also fostering pathways to opportunity and hope,” Ujiri added.

Local Giants of Africa coaches, and Team Nigeria Paralympian while Giants of Africa board member, Dennis Ogbe, led the group of boys, girls, and wheelchair basketball athletes through activities that not only focused on athletic skill development, but also emphasised the importance of inclusivity, teamwork, perseverance and community engagement.

The project is part of the Archewell Foundation’s initiative, ‘Built Within,’ a multi-year, 100-court investment in sports infrastructure across Africa.

“What you guys are doing here at Giants of Africa is truly amazing. The power of sport can change lives. It brings people together and creates community,” Prince Harry stated.

The Giants of Africa basketball court in Nigeria, sponsored by the Archewell Foundation and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will serve as a testament to the power of sports in transforming lives and communities.

“We are thrilled to be here. I lived in Toronto for seven years and that was the first time I’d heard of Giants of Africa – talk about full circle– never did I think we would be able to be here all those years later supporting the expansion of this incredible organisation, through our foundation the Archewell Foundation,” Meghan added.

To celebrate the organisation’s 20th anniversary, the inaugural Giants of Africa Festival brought together over 250 youth from 16 countries across Africa to Kigali, Rwanda for a week-long celebration of basketball, education, culture, and entertainment in August 2023.

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