Obama joins NBA Africa as strategic partner
Former US President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a minority owner and "strategic partner".
NBA Africa has backed a new pan-African basketball league, which held its inaugural season in May with 12 teams from 12 African countries.
It has also launched programmes aimed at improving the livelihoods of young Africans while raising awareness on gender-based violence and promoting girls' education.
It is this area where Mr Obama will be involved - helping advance the NBA's social responsibility programmes.
"In this capacity, President Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa," the NBA said.