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Senegalese Basketball Powerhouse The SEED Academy [Victory Journal Gallery]

Victory Journal sent photographer Alessandro “Zuek” Simonetti to photograph Senegalese basketball school The SEED Academy (SEED Project).

Located in Thiès, approximately 50 miles outside of Dakar, the SEED Academy is a co-ed institution and a Senegalese basketball powerhouse. A basketball school that houses 30 full-time student-athletes, and 50 or so part-time after-school participants, SEED (which stands for the Sports for Education and Economic Development Academy) and the SEED Project work to create community leaders, whether through their athletic skills or otherwise.


There are now nearly 100 SEED alumni working in 15 countries around the world, 29 of whom are playing high school or college basketball in the U.S., and 20 others playing professionally somewhere on the globe — most prominently Gourgi Dieng, a 2013 NBA first round draft pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Brooklyn-based sport and culture publication Victory Journal sent Italian-born photographer Alessandro “Zuek” Simonetti on assignment to capture a few days in the lives of SEED Academy students. His striking images originally appeared in a special SEED edition of Victory late last year. Okayafrica was granted permission to share the photos in the gallery above. Click through and visit the SEED Project for more information.

On Tuesday, June 24th, SEED will be holding its annual summer event at Up & Down in NYC, honoring Toronto Raptors General Manager, Masai Ujiri (Nigeria) and former NBA player DeSagana Diop (Senegal). Additional details and tickets for the event can be found here.

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Here Are the Cities That Will Host the Basketball Africa League In Its First Year

Games will take place across the continent in cities including Cairo, Lagos, Dakar and more.

The NBA, ahead of the official launch of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) next year, has announced the first year host cities for the upcoming league.

The league's President, Amadou Fall, made the announcement at the NBA Africa Gala on Tuesday as part of the the Basketball Without Borders initiative. He confirmed that the league will be present in several major cities across the continent, including Cairo, Lagos, Kigali, Lagos, Luanda, Dakar, as well as Morocco's capital city of Rabat.

Fall also outlined the schedule for the league's inaugural season, which will include 40 games played over 3 months. The league will include a total of 13 teams, each of which will play 5 games.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, winner of the Best Male Athlete award, attends The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins 'Best Male Athlete' & 'Best NBA Player' of the Year Awards at 2019 ESPYS

It's safe to say the Greek-Nigerian athlete is having an incredible year.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a stellar year. After being named Most Valuable Player at the NBA Awards last month, the star athlete took home both the Best Male Athlete of the year award and the Best NBA Player of the year at last night's ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards.

It was the Greek-Nigerian player's first time being nominated for Best Male Athlete, and he beat out the likes of Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and golf star Brooks Koepka to earn the win.

He was up against fellow NBA stars James Harden, Kevin Durant and Paul George for Best NBA Player of the year. This year was the player's second time being nominated for the award and his first win.

The 24-year-old athlete was all smiles when he took to the stage to accept the award for Best Male Athlete, jokingly referencing his heartfelt MVP speech and telling the audience: "this won't be like the NBA speech, I'm not going to cry today."

"When you believe in your dreams, things like this can happen," he added.

The annual ESPY Awards, established in 1993, recognize achievement in the sports world by honoring its best players across various fields. With his breakout performance in the league this year, it makes sense that Antetokounmpo would receive not one but two of these prestigious awards.

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Cameroonian UFC Fighter Francis Ngannou Is Set To Join the 9th 'Fast & Furious' Installment

"The Predator" will be the third UFC fighter to make an appearance in the blockbuster franchise.

This Cameroonian UFC fighter will be making his first movie appearance in the next installment of Fast & Furious, Deadline reports.

Francis Ngannou will be playing a character that has yet to be announced in the ninth Fast & Furious movie—the third UFC fighter to join the blockbuster franchise. The film is set to be released May 22, 2020.

Known in the ring as "The Predator," he currently ranks second in the heavyweight division, Deadline adds.

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Listen to Swae Lee & Drake's​ New Single 'Won't Be Late,' Produced by Tekno

As well as production, Tekno also gets a writing credit on the new song.

Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee drops two new singles today, "Won't Be Late" featuring Drake and "Sextasy."

"Won't Be Late" is notably produced by Nigeria's own Tekno. The new single is built on a mid tempo, afro-fusion-inspired beat, filled with claps, and light keyboard chords.

As well as production, Tekno also gets a writing credit on the new song. You can hear his input when Drake sings lines like, 'Ikebe, pressing on me heavy' and 'Bakasi, moving on me wassy.'

If you remember, Drake shouted out Tekno last year as one of his many inspirations behind Scorpion and posted a picture of them working on something together.

"Won't Be Late" is paired with Swae Lee's "Sextasy" which was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Chopsquad DJ.

Tekno's had a lively past few months. He was recently featured in Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album and dropped his "Agege" collaboration with Zlatan. He was also accused of being a "threat to security" by Nigeria's Council for Arts & Culture for that single's pole dancing video.

Listen to "Won't Be Late" below.

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