#NBAAfricaGame: An event not to be missed

Let the games begin!

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:44 PM  | Top of The

Ms Pearl

The internationally acclaimed NBA Africa Game is bringing its third edition of the game on Saturday, August 4th 2018 right here in South Africa, at the Sun Arena in Pretoria. 

Having already hosted two sold-out games in 2015 and in 2017, 2018 is highly anticipated to be an amazing event with celebrities and basketball lovers from all over Africa and the world in attendance.

Last year’s edition at Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg was all the rave with over seven thousand guests in attendance and an amazing display of sportsmanship as “Team Africa” played against the international players "Team World" in a high energy match.

NBA Africa

While Team Africa narrowingly lost with 97 points to Team World's 108 points scoreline, celebrities also came out in full support for the African team. The 2018 edition will also have the same format for Team Africa with players born in Africa or of African descent, versus Team World of players from the rest of the world. Never ones to be outdone by the NBA ballers, celebs who may not have come to play certainly came to slay. It is the culture around the pre-game events, the game and the after-party that makes this a celebrity-studded event not to be missed.


2017 Match Highlights

A half court shoot competition happened during the game between Senegalese musician Akon, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and South African football legend Lucas Radebe.

Special recognition came from South African NBA player, Thabo Sefolosha who was grateful for the opportunity to play in his home country for Team Africa.

Celebrity Appearances

Pearl escorted the NBA players to the hipster side of Joburg, Braamfontein where players got a taste of a Boerie roll. Ms. Thusi also came ready to ball and took on the chance to dribble some ball in the celebrity basketball game, pulling off a cute baller-chic athleisure look in a basketball kit.

Pearl basketball

DJ Capital also joined in the game and looked very serious in a meme-able picture on his Instagram page. 


Boity made an appearance and was seen at the event looking as gorgeous as always. The media personality wore a stylish camo jumpsuit for the event, looking tomboy chic for the game.


Ayanda Thabethe was also seated by the courtside next to her boyfriend - Zulu Mkhathini. 


NBA AFrica ladies

Off the court, rapper -  Cassper Nyovest had a visit at his home studio by Cameroon NBA player, Joel Embiid who most certainly vibed with the Hip Hop artists' music, as he took time to absorb enjoy some of Cassper's latest music.

Cass and the boy

Tickets are already available, all you have to do is visit NBA.Computicket.com or Computicket’s retail outlets in South Africa. As with the previous events, NBA Africa Game will be giving back to the community supporting many charities. 

For more information, fans can register at www.NBA.com/AfricaGame, visit www.NBA.com/Africa, and follow the NBA on Facebook (NBA Africa) and Twitter (@NBA_Africa) with the hashtags #NBAAfricaGame.

Main Image Credit: Instagram/@PearlThusi