The inaugural Giants of Africa 2020 Festival has been postponed due to the outbreak of Covid19, it’s official.
The event was scheduled to take place on August 16-22, 2020 in Kigali Rwanda.
The festival was going to attract 11 countries including Uganda for a week-long celebration of basketball, education, culture and entertainment.
In a press release on the official website, Co-founder of Giants of Africa and president of Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri says:
“One of the goals of the festival is to bring together all the diverse cultures that make up Africa to Rwanda. Social distancing is one of the tools to help fight this pandemic and coming together would contradict everything our healthcare experts are stressing we all do to help slow down this pandemic.”
He added that the youth of Africa deserve the very best and in 2021 the festival will deliver just that.
Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board said Rwanda is focused on combatting Covid-19 and its socio-economic impact on the people and they are looking forward to welcoming the inaugural Giants of Africa Festival in Kigali next year.
Akamanzi added: “We have had to put a lot of important events on hold but work to maintain our readiness as a MICE destination when this crisis is over.
“Our nation’s leadership has been invaluable in the response to ensure we beat this pandemic.”
The 11 African countries set to take part next year are; Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Somalia.