By Andrea Montolivo

Chicago, USA

The NBA and the NFL have never been so closely tied to Africa. Both American leagues are investing millions of dollars in expansion and development projects on the continent to provide a platform for emerging talent.

The NBA-founded Basketball Africa League has just successfully wrapped up its second season after a tumultuous launch due to Covid-19, while the NFL this week unveiled a new training campus in Ghana.

“I am an example of what it looks like to give a person an opportunity in Africa,” Nigerian-American basketball player Festus Ezeli, who won the 2015 NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, tells Efe.