Buhari, Abike Dabiri meet Nigerian Ujiri, president of top Canadian basketball team
The chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has introduced Masai Ujiri to President Muhammadu Buhari. Masai had a successful basketball career before he proceeded to become the president, basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors.
The Nigerian sportsman and manager had a big part of his childhood in Zaria where he picked interest in the sport. 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. 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, the chairman of the commission also met with Endurance and Esther in Tokyo and their managers.