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The NBA Africa Game Returns to South Africa in Support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Team Africa and Team World will clash once again.

The NBA Africa Game 2018, the NBA's third game in Africa, will take place on Saturday, August 4 at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria at 5:00 pm CAT at, South Africa. The games will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in honor of the former South African president and apartheid struggle hero's would-be 100th birthday.


"We are deeply honored to be a part of the centennial celebration of President Mandela's birthday," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "Our third NBA Africa Game and 16th Basketball Without Borders Africa camp will embody one of the most enduring parts of his legacy, which is the belief that sports have the power to inspire and change the world."

Just like in its past two iterations, which took place in 2015 and 2017 in Joburg, the NBA Africa Game 2018 will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format.

Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, and Team World will be composed of players from the rest of the world.

"With origins from all over the world, our players understand the global reach of the sport of basketball and remain committed to making an impact on the continent through this third Africa Game," NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts said. "We look forward to continuing this tradition with the NBA and strengthening the presence of basketball in Africa and around the world."

The NBA Africa Game 2018 will air live in sub-Saharan Africa on Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports 1, the Kwesé TV app, as well as Kwesé's partner pay-TV and free-to-air channels.

Team Africa will include:

  • Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011)
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria)
  • Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali)
  • Evan Fournier (Magic; France; parent from Algeria)
  • Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Republic of the Congo)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (76ers; France; parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012)

Team World will include:

  • Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.)
  • Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers; Italy; BWB Europe 2003)
  • Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; U.S.)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.)
  • Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat; U.S.).
Tickets are available here and all Computicket outlets.
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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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This past Heritage Day, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that monuments 'glorifying' the country's 'divisive past' should be repositioned and relocated.