The chairman of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has met with the Nigerian-born Masia Ujiri, the president of basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors.
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.
Buhari’s aide Abike Dabiri-Erewa reiterates support for diaspora voting In 2010, 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, Legit.ng earlier reported that the chairman of the commission also met with Endurance and Esther in Tokyo and their managers.
After a modest playing career, Ujiri became a scout in 2002, first for the Orlando Magic and then the Denver Nuggets. In 2008, he joined the backroom staff of the Toronto Raptors.
Ujiri returned to the Nuggets in 2010 as general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations, and helped turn the team’s fortunes around, returning them to the playoffs.
As a result, he was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2013. The following season, Ujiri returned to the Raptors as general manager.
In the summer of 2018, Masai Ujiri relinquished his title as general manager to Bobby Webster,and accepted the position of president of basketball operations. As president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri worked to usher in a period of sustained success, helping the team win its first NBA championship in 2019.