Pictorial: Kagame opens state-of-the-art Kigali Arena

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Kigali Arena

Rwanda President Paul Kagame on Friday inaugurated the Kigali Arena, a state-of-the-art events and sports facility with a capacity to host 10,000 spectators.

President Kagame was escorted by First Lady Jeannette Kagame at the newly completed Arena set to host the NBA Africa Finals next year.

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame at the newly completed #KigaliArena set to host the NBA Africa Finals next year.

“I want to thank those who built this arena, Summa Company of Turkey, who built this arena in only six months. They worked day and night. And that is how we should all learn to work, fast and producing quality,” Kagame said.

He said 70% of those who built this arena were Rwandan and this is also the product of their very own resources as Rwandans.

“I also want to thank a man named Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors.”

He said Ujiri brought the idea of developing the game of basketball in Africa and moving it forward.

Kagame signs a ball

The idea was supported by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as well as Amadou Fall. They have a programme called Giants of Africa.

“Africa has giants and we must carry ourselves as Giants. That means it must be reflected in our actions. When your actions are exceptional then that is who you become,” Kagame noted.

“For Rwanda to be exceptional, it must be founded on our actions. This arena is not just a decoration to be visited on Christmas and New Year.”

He added: “It was built to host the best basketball players of Rwanda and Africa, for them to train, play and win here.”

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