Two-time Nigerian Basketball League most valuable player, Louis Edem Ekpenyong is set to host an elite national basketball championship from February 7-11th 2023.
The tournament, which is in honour of his father who passed away during the COVID pandemic in 2020, will take place at the National Stadium, Surulere.
The tournament is set to feature 8 Premier League teams from across Nigeria competing for the grand prize of N2m with the runners-up going home with N1m and the tournament MVP award named after his father, Engineer Francis Ekpenyong carting away with a 100,000 Naira cash reward.
Edem who is now an Information Technology Engineer in Maryland, United States in high praise of his dad said the tournament is to honour his father.
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“He played a major role in who I am today. I don’t pay tithes to any church, so this is my tithe.
“I’m giving back to the basketball community, which I love and care about so much and to do this in honour of my father means everything to me,” he added.
The one-time West African University League MVP and two time Nigeria Basketball League MVP started his professional playing career in 1998 where he debuted for Kada Stars of Kaduna in the then 7up Premier League.
He later played for Jigawa Rocks in 2000, then Yelwa Hawks of Bauchi from 2001 to 2003, before joining Union Bank Basketball Club in 2004 till 2006 where he took his talents out of the shores of Nigeria to play in international leagues across the globe.
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