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Africa State of Mind with Lee Kasumba: Basketball, Kenyan elections and comedy

Written by: Barbara Friedman

“Africa State of mind is all about opportunities, greatness just everything amazing that makes us African,” says host Lee Kasumba, Ugandan radio and TV presenter, writer, singer.

She believes Africa is going places and it is important we tell our own stories and celebrate people making a change in Africa.

In the first episode of African State of Mind, Lee Kasumba chats to NBA Africa Managing Director, Amadou Gallo Fall talks to Lee Kasumba about the state of basketball in Africa, Aly-Khan Satchu, founder and CEO of investment advisory firm Rich Management analyses the economic effect of re-elections in Kenya, and comedian

First up is Amadou Gallo Fall, recently returned from his travels investigating basketball globally - from Kigali, to Tel Aviv, to Canberra to Dakar and more. He says extensive travel is part of the job.

Every year I swear I am not going to travel as much, and then every year I travel even more. So I embrace it and keep plugging away.

Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Africa Managing Director

He says it doesn't feel like work.

When you do something you love, and especially in this case, seeing the impact we are having through the game of basketball, on young people, and building a team, you feel blessed and stay humble, and keep your foot on the pedal.

Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Africa Managing Director

He says basketball is the No.2 sport globally, and this holds true in Africa as well.

Our number 1 mission is to make the games accessible to any young people who want to play.

Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Africa Managing Director

He says there is tremendous interest from other countries to host the African games and he and his fellow basketball colleagues are extremely excited about the future of basketball and of the content.

Next up Lee chatted to Ally-Khan Satchu, founder and CEO of investment advisory firm Rich Management, about the Kenyan elections.

He says it is true that the Kenyan elections have become one of the most expensive anywhere in the world, which he adds is unfortunate in a country with an economy of its size.

Satchu says the election 600million dollars and that is without accounting for money spent on campaigning. We are talking enormous amounts of money.

And made even more expensive as the election was invalidated and had to be done all over again, he says.

The political economy has really taken the front and centre stage and it’s not allowing the real economy to breathe.

Aly-Khan Satchu, founder and CEO of investment advisory firm Rich Management

We don’t care who won or lost. We are invalidating it until it is right.

Aly-Khan Satchu, founder and CEO of investment advisory firm Rich Management

Good news is a recovery in the tourism sector, says Satchu.

Lee's final guest on this episode is Comedy Central and Creative Services of Viacom Africa's Dillon Khan.

A great success story is to have people from different backgrounds being able to step forward and tell stories that make the continent laugh.

Dillon Khan, Vice president of Comedy Central and Creative Services of Viacom Africa

We need to collaborate ourselves within the borders of Africa before going international.

Dillon Khan, Vice president of Comedy Central and Creative Services of Viacom Africa

It’s amazing to sense the vibe that is coming out of this continent.

Dillon Khan, Vice president of Comedy Central and Creative Services of Viacom Africa

Follow us @AfricaStateMind or www.facebook.com/AfricaStateOfMind


This article first appeared on 702 : Africa State of Mind with Lee Kasumba: Basketball, Kenyan elections and comedy




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