Face2face Africa’s Sandra Appiah and host of anticipated new talk show “The Sandra Appiah Show” will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies and co-host of “A Giant of Africa”, a star-studded event organized by Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela.
The tribute will begin with a panel discussion inside the Toronto Raptors practice court before the team tips off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In front of an intimate audience NBA legends Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo, along with UN Goodwill Ambassador and 1999 Miss Universe winner Mpule Kwelagobe will discuss Mandela’s determination to inspire positive change and teach the world to rise above adversity regardless of situation. Sandra Appiah and TSN’s James Duthie will moderate the discussion.
Other notable guests include Raptors alumnus Tracey McGrady, Toronto Maple Leaf Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, Artistic Director of TIFF, Cameron Bailey, Toronto Argo alumnus Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Deputy Commissioner of the NBA, Mark Tatum and Vice President of NBA Africa, Amadou Fall. The Giant of Africa presented by Bell will raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation as well as Ujiri’s Giants of Africa with the purpose of continuing to create opportunities for African youth.
Sandra Appiah calls Nelson Mandela “one of my heroes” and is thrilled to co-host this event. “To truly sum up the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela would take me my entire lifetime. He achieved in one lifetime what one could not expect in a thousand lifetimes. When he passed, a giant hole, exactly the size and shape of his enormous heart, was left in the very fabric of the universe. It is important that we all commit to cultivating the spirit of Nelson Mandela in today’s generation and the next,” said Sandra Appiah.