The NFL will host its first official events in Africa on June 21 in Ghana. The week of activities – NFL Africa: The Touchdown – includes a talent identification camp, a fan event, and a flag football clinic that underscores the NFL's commitment to develop ways to serve its growing fan base across the continent.
With more than 100 players of African descent, the league will highlight the contributions of its African players, introduce the sport to the next generation of fans and look to activate in other African countries in the future.
Current NFL players will take part including, Seattle Seahawks’ Uchenna Nwosu (Nigeria), Houston Texans’ Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Nigeria), Cleveland Browns’ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Ghana), and Indianapolis Colts’ Kwity Paye (Liberia), as well as NFL Legends Mathias Kiwanuka (Uganda), Roman Oben (Cameroon), and Osi Umenyiora (Nigeria).
As the league continues to identify and develop talent in Africa, the NFL will host its first NFL Africa camp featuring 40 players from across Africa. The camp will take place on June 21 and 22 with the players selected after participating in regional camps led by NFL Legend Osi Umenyiora.
"This is a truly remarkable initiative," said Umenyiora. "This camp is not only giving opportunities to great African athletes, but also highlighting the incredible African athletes already in the NFL. The positive impact of this cannot be overstated."
Umenyiora established The Uprise, a football program in Nigeria that has recently held regional camps in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Players that stood out were invited to the NFL's upcoming camp, which will be held in Ghana.
"We look forward to hosting our first camp in Ghana and will look to activate in Nigeria and other African countries in the future," said Damani Leech, NFL Chief Operating Officer, International. "We want to provide an opportunity for the next generation of African prospects to showcase and further develop their talent. As we continue to look for ways to strengthen the pipeline of international players, we hope this camp, and future camps, provide a path for aspiring players from across the continent.”
This year, three players discovered through The Uprise, and went on to participate in the International Combine and IPP Pro Day, have signed with NFL teams – Chigbo Roy Mbaeteka (New York Giants), Haggai Chisom Ndubuisi, (Arizona Cardinals), and Kehinde Oginni Hassan (Kansas City Chiefs).
Events in Ghana continue on June 25, when the NFL hosts an NFL FLAG Day at the Ghana International School in conjunction with the Ghana American Football Federation (GAFF). Students from 10 local schools, ages 12 to 14, will participate.
On June 26, NFL Fan Zone will bring attendees up close with the NFL from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra in Ghana. The free event will offer fans the opportunity to interact with current NFL players and Legends while participating in interactive games and activations by NFL partners.
NFL Network will follow the journey of NFL players and Legends as they participate in events in Ghana.
The NFL strives to provide a positive impact on local communities following its events in cities around the world.