Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has met with the Nigerian-born Masia Ujiri, the president of basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors.
It should be noted that Ujiri was the same person who led the team to victory at the NBA finals last year in 2019. Abike introduced the Nigerian to President Muhammadu Buhari during the bilateral meeting he had with the Canadian prime minister in Addis Ababa.
Ujiri was in 2002 a scout for the Orlando Magic before he proceeded to the Denver Nuggets. In 2008, he was a backroom staff of the Toronto Raptors.
In 2010, he came back to the Nugget where he was made the general manager. In 2013, he was named the NBA Executive of the Year.
According to his public profile, he was succeeded by Bobby Webster as he advanced to become the president of basketball operations.
The Nigerian sportsman was born in Bournemouth, England. When his family moved back to Nigeria, he had most of his childhood in Zaria.
At the age of 13, he took interest in basketball as he fed his passion with American magazines and videotapes of the sport.
As he grew older, he moved out of the country and played for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. After college, he started a professional career in England.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the chairman of the commission also met with Endurance and Esther in Tokyo and their managers.
She said that both citizens are part of the group of 16 Nigerian girls on scholarship in Japan playing basketball.
Dabiri also mentioned that the girls are excellent at what they do, saying “they are so so good”.