NBA Nigeria recently hosted the second edition of “NBA Meets Art” at Tiffany Amber Gardens in Ikoyi, Lagos. The invite-only evening reception was curated to celebrate the game of basketball through the lens of Nigerian art and culture.
The centrepiece of the event was an inspiring installation titled “Passing / Building / Victory,” a collaboration between NBA Nigeria and Nigerian visual artist Dennis Osadebe, which explored the essence of teamwork on the basketball court and its parallel impact on community collaboration in line with the NBA’s global mission to connect people everywhere through basketball. The true masterpiece installation was open for public viewing at ART X Lagos 2023 from November 4–5.
In the company of a remarkable hostess, Eku Edewor, the event boasted an eclectic guest list that included basketball stakeholders and art culture enthusiasts.
NBA Africa VP and Country Head of Nigeria, Gbemisola Abudu, tipped the evening off with an opening address emphasising the significance of collaborations in bridging the worlds of basketball and art, resonating globally.
The highlight of the evening was a fireside chat between Abudu and Osadebe, an insightful conversation that shed light on the collaboration and its symbolism, which is focused on celebrating how basketball unites people from all walks of life. The entertainment was equally captivating, with a spoken word rendition by IBquake, dance performances by former BBN housemate Hermes and choreographer Jossie, a moving choir medley, and DJ Consequence ending the night on a high note.
To underscore the essence of the project, NBA Meets Art beautifully merged the worlds of basketball and art, showcasing the power of cross-industry collaboration and the NBA’s capacity to extend beyond the game.
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