Basketball player Bismack Biyombo honoured at celeb-filled BET dinner in SA
Alex Okosi, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bismack Biyombo and Monde Twala. (Photo: Supplied)
Johannesburg - National Basketball Association player Bismack Biyombo was honoured at a BET dinner at Moyo restaurant at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old player received the Global Good Honour at the BET Awards in Los Angeles in June.
Congolese Biyombo was in town for this weekend’s hotly anticipated NBA Africa Game which was held at the Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria, on Saturday.
Biyombo is also in the country as part of his Child of Africa campaign, which aims to provide schools for child labourers, giving them opportunities and shelter.
The international channel has been paying tribute to the resilient player for his determination to build up his homeland by donating money to build schools and helping with other needs.
(Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini. Photo: Supplied)
“We are here to celebrate the work people have been doing throughout Africa so that the continent can move forward,” he said.
“More than anything, we want give the kids hope and help them understand what the issues are and how those issues can be fixed. They are the ones who can fix these issues.
“I think it’s about having the opportunity to speak about other people. To speak about these little boys and girls that one day we hope will become somebody. More than everything, we get to speak about Africa, because sometimes we still have to explain ourselves. The more we can speak about Africa, the less we have to explain ourselves.”
(Reason and Sjava. Photo: Supplied)
Others at the celebration, which started almost two hours late, were rapper Reason, Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini, Kim Jayde, Thuso Mbedu and Sjava, who won this year’s Viewers’ Choice for Best International Act at the BET Awards.
Sjava performed with a live band (which really shouldn’t be allowed inside Moyo – unless BET hired the wrong sound man) and showed why he is one of the few authentic artists left. Comedian Donovan Goliath was the highlight of the evening with solid non-offensive jokes.
(Nomzamo Mbatha. Photo: Supplied)