After a recent meeting with visiting Toronto Raptors GM, Masai Ujiri, Octopizzo confirmed through his social media that that one of his tracks is the soundtrack for the upcoming film documentary Giants of Africa.
The documentary shot by Hubert Davis follows Masai on a journey of philanthropy and inspiration, as he uses basketball to educate and enrich the lives of underprivileged African youth.
At the age of 18, Masai left his home of Zaria, Nigeria, to play college ball in the United States. He then moved on to coaching and scouting, and with his Raptors position became the first African-born president of a major North American league sports team. In 2003, he began running basketball camps in Nigeria, and the operation has since expanded to Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. Giants of Africa accompanies Ujiri to these countries, showing how he empowers the next generation to become the giants they have the potential to be — on and off the court.
Though most of the youths want to become an African NBA star like Hakeem Olajuwon or Dikembe Mutombo, Giants of Africa is about more than merely “making it.” As Ujiri demands of the kids in the camps, “You have to grow up and you have to be better.” Make their countries better. Their continent better. Davis shows Ujiri and his team leading young Africans to aim, always, ever higher.
Octopizzo’s Black Star is used as a soundtrack for the film that will premier at Toronto Film Festival from 16th September – 19th September.