This Easter weekend had a lineup of engaging activities and events for the residents of Lagos, one of which was a celebration of basketball and culture. NBA Nigeria’s collaboration with the Homecoming Festival marked not only the soaring popularity of basketball in Nigeria but also the fusion of sports, fashion, and art.

The activities, organised by NBA Nigeria, was a testament to the game’s growing influence across the continent. From a fashion station to celebrity showdown, the NBA’s activations at the Homecoming Festival had something for everyone.

The pinnacle of the weekend was undoubtedly the basketball showcase held at Landmark on the 30th of March, featuring some of the finest  talent. It was a platform for aspiring athletes to be recognized and to witness the raw talent brewing. The excitement peaked with a thrilling 3-on-3 celebrity game between DJ Obi and DJ Tunez, adding a dash of entertainment.

Fortune Ibe, 16 years old, emerged as the MVP of the game, showcasing his exceptional skills and dedication to the game. Valor Okini Ewomazino, 15, also earned recognition as a runner-up.

At Alara, festival attendees and fans engaged with the fashion and culture pop-up station, where they had the opportunity to customize and win limited edition NBA x Homecoming merchandise like basketballs, sneakers and t-shirts. The NBA League Pass was a major highlight for this activation as fans got to experience the benefits of the subscription. 

On the 31st of March, the Free Throw Photo Booth at the music festival in Harbour Point provided an interactive experience for fans to showcase their skills, and cop NBA merchandise.

Overall, the NBA x Homecoming collaboration was part of the “NBA Meets Culture” platform, which converges fashion, music, art, business, and sports, to celebrate the game of basketball through the lens of Nigerian arts and culture. This isn’t the first cultural initiative by the NBA. Last November, NBA hosted the second edition of “NBA Meets Art” in Lagos, with its first in 2022.



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