Nigerian journalist and TV presenter Oluwafemi Adefeso really wants LeBron James to come to South Africa this summer. Like, a lot.
Adefeso, a freelance reporter and analyst, recently went to the United States to cover the NBA. He’s been posting details of his NBA adventure on social media.
The NBA is holding its third ‘Africa Game’ on Aug. 4 in Johannesburg. Adefeso wants the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar to play in it.
“LeBron has to come to Africa,” Adefeso said in a video he posted on his Twitter account, @IncredibleFEMI. “Let’s make this happen. Let’s bring him to South Africa. Let’s bring him to Nigeria. There’s a lot of fan base out there and I’m sure the NBA will really want to cash in the number of people who love the NBA players and NBA stars.”
Adefeso wrote in a March 19 post dedicated to “African youth” that meeting James required years of planning and saving. He used his mobile phone to apply for a U.S. visa, bought an airline ticket, and left for the U.S.
He interviewed LeBron after a recent Cavs game and inquired about a trip to Africa. James did not commit to this summer, but sounded optimistic about going at some point.
James said: “I would love to. I don’t make the schedule. I would love to be a part of that. In the offseason, my schedule is ridiculous but I would definitely love to get to Africa at some point. I heard Johannesburg is amazing, South Africa is amazing, some of these parts of Africa are amazing, So, hopefully someday.”
Adefeso even enlisted the support of Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers. Oladipo’s mother is Nigerian and his father is from Sierra Leone.
Oladipo, in a short video posted by Adefeso, told LeBron: “They need you, bro. It would be great for the continent. Mother Africa would love to have you.”