Former Basketball Star Hakeem Olajuwon Becomes NBA Ambassador in Africa

By Community | May 21, 2014

Two-time NBA Champion and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon was today named Ambassador to Africa and will play a prominent role in the development of basketball on the continent. 

Olajuwon will work closely with the NBA Africa office, price sale which is located in Johannesburg and led by Amadou Gallo Fall, store NBA Vice President for Development in Africa. The Nigerian native will represent the NBA through a range of basketball development events and NBA Cares activities across the region to help grow the game, give back to communities in need, and bring attention to diplomacy through sport.

“Basketball has given me so much in life,” said Olajuwon. “In this new role I am looking forward to impacting young Africans and utilising the power of sport to help change lives in what is an exciting new chapter in my career.”

“We are elated that one of the greatest to ever play the game, a son of Africa, and a legend of Hakeem’s stature will officially represent the NBA in Africa,” said Amadou Gallo Fall. “He truly embodies the values of the game, and will be a great ambassador for the league and a perfect role model for Africa’s youth.”