NBA: Saraki, Adesina, Others Hail Nigerian President Of Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri

NBA: Saraki, Adesina, Others Hail Nigerian President Of Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri

Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri/

Encomiums are pouring in for Toronto Raptors Nigerian president Masai Ujiri after steering the Canadian team to its first ever NBA title.

Raptors defeated Golden State 114-110 to be crowned champions on Thursday, becoming the first league champion from outside the United States by dethroning the defending titleholders.

The architect of the Canadian team’s surprise victory is Nigerian Basketball administrator, Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri was born in Bournemouth, England, where his parents were studying. With the family moving back to Nigeria when he was two years old, he grew up in Zaria, Nigeria.

Ujiri’s father, a hospital administrator and nursing educator, was an Isoko from Aviara in Delta state, while his mother, a doctor, is Kenyan, of the Kamba people to be specific, from Machakos.

On May 31, 2013, Ujiri signed a 5-year, $15 million deal to become general manager of the Toronto Raptors, replacing Colangelo in that capacity.

One of his first moves as Raptors GM was to trade away Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks. On September 2, 2016 the Toronto Raptors extended Ujiri’s contract as the team’s president, and their faith in him has finally paid off.

Nigerians including the immediate past Senate President Bukola Saraki, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina and other top basketball fans have taken to Twitter to commend the efforts of the Nigerian.

See some of the reactions below:


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with a special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a through and through Chelsea FC fan.

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