Giants of Africa announced Wednesday that the inaugural Giants of Africa Festival which was scheduled to take place in Rwanda’s capital Kigali from Aug. 16 to 22 has been postponed until next year, due to the ongoing COVID-19.
“One of the goals of the festival is to bring together all the diverse cultures that make up Africa to Rwanda. Social distancing is one of the tools to help fight this pandemic and coming together would contradict everything our healthcare experts are stressing we all do to help slow down this pandemic,” Masai Ujiri, co-founder of Giants of Africa said in a statement released by the Rwanda Development Board.
Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board said several activities which were scheduled to take place in Rwanda have been put on hold due to COVID-19.
“We have had to put a lot of important events on hold but work to maintain our readiness as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) destination when this crisis is over. Our nation’s leadership has been invaluable in the response to ensure we beat this pandemic. We look forward to welcoming the inaugural Giants of Africa Festival in Kigali next year,” Akamanzi said in the statement.
The inaugural Giants of Africa Festival was expected to draw youth from 11 countries in Africa for a week-long celebration of basketball, education, culture, and entertainment.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Rwanda reached 384 on Tuesday with 269 recoveries and two deaths.