__Where will you be? Catch the action as it happens!
In the game of basketball, I believe there’s only one nation that will someday challenge the supremacy of the USA, and that nation is Nigeria. Nigeria’s basketball is nascent at the moment, and some might even say “non existent,” when compared to the might of the USA, where the game is a $40bn industry. Already the country has and continues to produce some of the finest players in the NBA.
And Nigeria’s emergence as a basketball powerhouse in Africa will not go unchallenged. Nations like Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, DRC, Cameroon and Senegal will be challenging all the way.
African sport entrepreneurs who heed this prediction are going to reap an absolute bonanza.
__There are billions to be made in African sport entrepreneurship…
I’m not only willing to make this prediction but also to put my money behind it. As you know Kwesé Sports, our new PayTV platform, has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast on all platforms — which means PayTV, Free-to-Air, and Internet access TV (OTT). We’ve already sub-licensed TV operators in most African countries (including many national broadcasters).
Now I have some really exciting news to share with you:
Next week in Houston, Texas, on the eve of the Rio Olympics, the national basketball teams of Nigeria and the USA will play each other for the first time since the London Olympics in 2012… and you can (almost) be right there in Texas to watch!
# Econet Media’s Kwesé Sports has acquired the exclusive rights to stream this game LIVE across Africa on 2 August!
# The live action will be streamed on Kwesé Sports website and accessible across the continent.
# You can also experience the live game on the Kwesé Sports Facebook page, in the continent’s first-ever live streaming of a sports event on Facebook!
# And, there’s more: Thanks to an agreement being finalized with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA Network Service), anyone with a television anywhere in Nigeria can tune in and watch, for free!
__Will you be awake with me to watch history being made? The live action on 2 August starts at 01:00 Nigeria time (02:00 CAT).
I’m really keen for you to try out our new Internet platform calledhttp://www.kwesesports.com/ to access the game on your smartphone, computer or tablet. Please just be sensible about the cost because I don’t control the cost of data bundles in your country. This is something I’m working on, and I know in future we will crack it and make it much cheaper.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan once observed: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Thanks to the work of our whole Kwesé team, now it IS happening…
How to watch the action LIVE:
To watch Nigeria vs USA live on 2 August 2016 @ 02:00 CAT, all you need to do is sign up, and then login to watch the game.
Being part of the live action is as easy a clicking a few tabs on any preferred device. In fact, it’s so easy that you’ll need to be more concerned about staying awake until game time, than finding a way to watch the live action!
To sign up:
1. Click here [http://video.kwesesports.com/profile/register]
2. Fill in your details
3. Click register
On the day of the event, click here: http://video.kwesesports.com/events/details/usa-b-v-nigeria-exhibition-match to log in and watch. It’s as simple as that!
By the way, I’m supporting Nigeria! Go D’Tigers!
Let the future begin…
Enjoy the game!
To be continued. . .
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa