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LeBron James Really Wants to Play In an NBA Africa Game

"I know it's high on his list of priorities," says NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Lebron James has been quite busy as of late. Within the last month, the basketball superstar made the move to the LA Lakers, opened a school for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio and became the subject of one of Donald Trump's inane Twitter outbursts. Now the NBA megastar has expressed a new goal: playing in an NBA Africa game, reports ESPN News.

The third edition of the NBA Africa games went down last weekend in Johannesburg, and proved to be a memorable event as Team World claimed another victory against Team Africa, with former NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dikembe Mutombo in attendance, and a performance from South African rap star Cassper Nyovest.


Ahead of the game on Saturday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver discussed the future of the Africa games and shared news about getting basketball's biggest star involved in the action. He confirmed that despite his increasingly busy schedule, LeBron James would "very much like" to participate in an NBA Africa game in the future and has made it a priority.

Both Amadou (Gallo Fall, NBA managing director for Africa) and I have spoken directly to LeBron James and he has stated that he would very much like to come to Africa and be part of the game," said the NBA Commissioner. "I will say on his behalf that he has an extraordinarily complicated schedule, even in the off-season, and he is someone who for the last eight years has played in the NBA finals.

So his season has gone from September to late June, so he has a very short break. During those summers he also often plays for the national team, Olympic Games, things like that. I know it's high on his list of priorities. I don't want to put undue pressure on him, but I'm sure that at some point he will make the trip.

He also stated that basketball icon Michael Jordan is interested in attending the games as well. "Michael Jordan is someone we have talked to as well, and he is fascinated by the growth of the NBA business in Africa."

It seems the NBA is making major moves in Africa. Silver went on to discuss the league's plans to expand by developing a Pan-African league.

As for questions about egular season games taking place on the continent, Silver said Nigeria would be at the top destination for such games to take place.

Still from RTN TV's YouTube page.

Prominent Somali Activist Almaas Elman Shot and Killed In Mogadhisu

The organizer and sister of Nobel Peace Prize-nominated activist Ilwad Elman, was shot dead while riding in a car on Wednesday.

Almaas Elman, a prominent Somali rights activist and organizer was killed today in Mogadishu. She died after being hit by a bullet while riding inside of a car in the Halane compound, reports the Somali news site Hiiraan.

Though details surrounding her death remain uncertain, according to security on the ground Elman "was riding in a car along a road inside the airport," Mohamed Omar, a Somali security official told News 24. "A stray bullet hit her, and she died within a few minutes." The complex is also the headquarters of African Union soldiers.

She was believed to been heading to the airport after attending a meeting at the Elman Peace Centre, which was founded by her father, the respected Somali activist Elman Ali Ahmed, who was assasinated in Mogadishu in 1996.

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The 11 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Kwesta x Rich Homie Quan, Simi, Teni, Khuli Chana, Mr Eazi x Tyga and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo, Trevor Noah & More Earn 2020 Grammy Nominations

Wizkid, Shatta Wale and more were nominated for their work on Beyoncé's 'Lion King: The Gift' while Mr Eazi earned a nod for his contribution to Bad Bunny and J Balvin's 'Oasis.'

The 2020 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and it looks to be a standout year for African artist.

Burna Boy has earned his first-ever nomination in the (albeit dubious) 'Best World Music' category for his celebrated album African Giant. Speaking with Grammy.com about the vision for the album back in August, the artist said: My vision is just to...shine a light on a place and on people and a situation and everything that there hasn't been a light on for a long time."

In that same category is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia, which pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Burna and Kidjo worked together on the track "Different" from African Giant.

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