Thursday, May 20, 2010

Girls Basketball in Africa

These videos will show you an inspirational story of dreaming, sacrificing and giving back.

In the middle of an economic recession, Mobolaji Akiode quit her job and packed the apartment. She moved 5,000 miles from Bristol, Conn. to Lagos, Nigeria, which is going on 18 million and soon to be the most populous city in Africa. Her goal was both simple and grand: to use sports, particularly basketball camps, to inspire and empower impoverished young women, first in Nigeria and then throughout the African continent.

Mobolaji Akiode was sitting in her old bedroom in her parents' home in New Jersey, rifling through memorabilia from her days as a basketball star. There were the photos of the Columbia (Maplewood, N.J.) High School team that won the 1998 state finals, clippings from her record-setting years at Fordham University, mementos from her tenure as a Nigerian-American member of the Nigerian teams at the Summer Olympics in 2000 and 2004.

At that moment, she decided to do something different.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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