Forest Whitaker joined global economist and author Dr. Dambisa Moyo to become the latest in a group of African business leaders and former basketball players to invest in NBA Africa. They are strategic investors who bring money, brainpower and activism to the body. Whitaker’s Oscar comes from The Last King of Scotland, playing the tyrannical former Ugandan leader Idi Amin.
“Basketball is incredibly inspiring, and my decade of working in Africa has shown me how sport can be a transformative method to help foster peace, as well as an economic engine for socio-economic development in the areas. conflict, ”Whitaker said. “I believe too deeply in the league’s commitment to youth empowerment and I am delighted to be working alongside the NBA Africa family. “
Last July, former President Barack Obama joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner. NBA Africa’s strategic investors also include a consortium led by Babatunde “Tunde” Folawiyo, Chairman and CEO of Yinka Folawiyo Group, and Helios Fairfax Partners Corporation (HFP), led by co-CEO Tope Lawani. Other NBA Africa investors include former NBA Junior players Bridgeman, Luol Deng (South Sudan), Grant Hill, Ian Mahinmi (France; links to Benin), Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Joakim Noah (links with Cameroon).