Basketball in Africa is run by the FIBA Africa.[1] The major competitions FIBA Africa runs for national teams is AfroBasket and FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup. The NBA is investing millions to increase a foothold in the African market.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Hakeem Olajuwon is considered instrumental in developing and popularizing Basketball in Africa.

Basketball in Africa
Governing bodyFIBA Africa
International competitions



Introduced to Africa around the 1960s basketball has become a very popular sport. After more people took notice and practiced, professional teams were formed. The managers of the first African National Federation decide to participate and compete in FIBA, which is the world basketball governing body. [11] Held on the 30th and 31st of August 1960 the FIBA Congress allowed the Egyptian Basketball Federation to set up an institution in order to compete.[11] This led to the integration of twelve African countries to join FIBA and the world stage. These countries include Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Morocco, Libya, North Rhodesia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Togo. Currently, FIBA Africa grew to a point where every single country in Africa has a designated team, leading to 54 active teams in the institution.

The activities of the youth program Basketball Without Borders in Africa, and program director Masai Ujiri, are profiled in Hubert Davis's 2016 documentary film Giants of Africa.[12]

On February 18, 2019, FIBA and the National Basketball Association announced plans for a professional basketball league on the continent of Africa. The league is scheduled to start in January 2020.[13][14]

Major influencesEdit

Hakeem OlajuwonEdit

One of the greatest African-born player to ever play the game of basketball. Hakeem was born in Lagos, Nigeria and his skills were great enough to be picked up by American college teams.He would go on to be drafted by the Rockets and win 2 championships, 2 Finals MVPs, as well as having the pleasure of being conducted in two Hall of Fame's; one from the NBA and another from FIBA.[15] Hakeem success has paved the way for many international players to try and compete in the NBA and also inspired many scouts to look for new talent in other places in the world besides the US.[16][17]


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