In honour of Canada 150, Giants of Africa participated in a special WE Day weekend event on July 1st, which rallied youth together to share their exuberance and hopes for the future. The day was dedicated to honouring Canada’s past and celebrating its future. Masai Ujiri and the Giants of Africa team joined Prime Minister Trudeau and many other notable Canadians on Parliament Hill to share their vision for Canada. Founded in 2007 by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, WE Day is a youth-oriented celebration of community service and empowerment. It’s now staged in 17 cities throughout Canada, the U.S. and Britain and involves 200,000 students from 10,000 schools.
Masai began the day by sharing his Pledge for Canada – encouraging all Canadians to continue to Dream Big. The taped segment ran during the broadcast viewed across the country and was shared with those in attendance. Later that afternoon, Masai spoke at a reception hosted by Margaret Turdeau and Craig Keilburger (WE Day founder), as well as Penny Oleksiak and Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire. He shared his pride and love for Canada, as well as the special place the country holds on the world stage.
“Canada is a leader and needs to
continue to teach the world how to love and respect others”.
Masai and Giants of Africa then headed over to Parliament Hill where he was joined by other notable Canadians including Shania Twain, Gord Downie, Lilly Singh, Nelly Furtado, PK Subban and many others. Revving up the audience, he celebrated Canada’s basketball team by cheering “Raptors!” and shared his thoughts on the unique way Canadians can impact the global community. “Coming from northern Nigeria, I never would have thought I would end up here speaking to all of you.” He ended his speech by sharing his pledge to Dream Big and continue to show the world what it means to love and respect others, “The world needs more love and most of all it needs more Canada”.