NBBF Assures Sponsors of Media Mileage and Business Exposure

September 15, 2019
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By Sylvanus Ofekun

Abuja

The Nigeria Basketball Federation NBBF, has assured prospective sponsors of media mileage and global business exposure.

 NBBF Vice President,
Babatunde Ogunade said this on Friday during a meeting with Afro-American
basketball superstar, Andre Ighoudala who is on an official trip to Nigeria.

“Since we took over in 2017, we have continued to enjoy
unimaginable successes on the global stage. D’Tigress have won two Afrobasket
titles, gotten to the quarter final of the World Cup while the men won silver
medal at the 2017 Afrobasket, first country in the world to qualify for the
World Cup as well as finishing as the best African team at the just concluded
World Cup to pick the 2020 Olympics ticket.”

“The 3×3 teams have conquered Africa, been to the World Cup and
are a strong force to reckon with. Today, I can boldly say basketball is one of
the fastest growing sports in Nigeria.”

Sequel to the new found status of basketball on the global
stage, the NBBF believes private investors have a lot to gain in terms of media
exposure if they partner with the federation.

“All eyes are on our national teams while the global media buzz
around the teams have continued to increase. Investors, partners and sponsors
have a lot to gain.”

“We have so many grassroots programs, Men’s Divisions one and
two, the Zenith Women League and the Men’s Premier League that are in need of
attention.”, Ogunade said.

In his response, Ighoudala who has won three NBA titles with the
Golden State Warriors as well as the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 
2012 Summer Olympics titles with USA praised the performance of the D’Tigers at
the World Cup.

“Congratulations on the qualification for the Olympics. I
monitored the performance of the team in China and I was impressed by this
amazing team. I also heard about the women’s team which also won the 2019
title. These achievements are commendable.”

Currently on the books of Memphis Grizzlies, the Silicon Valley
investor and Jumia Nigeria,  Ighoudala assured the federation that he will
look at possible ways to partner the federation in growing basketball in
Nigeria.

Present at the meeting alongside NBBF Vice president were fellow
board members Felix Awogu and Oni Afolabi.

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