Top Kenya basketball star to host new TV Show

Top Kenya basketball star to host new TV Show

Top Kenya basketball star to host new TV Show

Silalei Shani Owuor

Kenyan international basketball star Silalei Shani of Eagle Wings is set to host a new basketball TV Magazine show christened BAQE. The show will soon premier on East Africa pay TV station Zuku and will mostly feature the Kenya Universities and colleges basketball league and lifestyles.

Silalei Shani entered the Kenyan Basketball arena mid 2010 and has become a respectable name as one of the best players in Kenya. The tall, gorgeous, Maasai girl from Oloitoktok joined regional basketball queens Eagle Wings after completing her studies at the Messiah College in Grantham Pennsylvania USA where she graduated with a degree in Human Resource Management.

 In an interview with Silalei says this is an exciting experience as she has never been engaged in any TV production exercise in the past. She however notes that this new development will breathe a new lease of life in the sleeping giant of Kenyan sports- Basketball.

“Never had I imagined that one day I will host a TV show. I am loving every moment as this is an exciting experience for me. The best part of it is that I am doing what I love most.” She says.

“It will create many opportunities for talents out there. It is exciting and the production is of very good quality. Kenyan fans should expect an exciting season of basketball on their screens.” She adds while thanking Zuku for coming on board to uplift the standards of the game in Kenya.

The second edition of the Universities league will be launched in Nairobi on the 18th of this month with matches slated to be hosted at the Nyayo national stadium basketball gymnasium. At the same time, Zuku will launch the BAQE TV show to be hosted by Silalei and DNG.

“This show will open many doors for Kenyan basketball. There is a fresh hope in our game and I am so excited.” Adds Silalei who recently wedded Kabaka Owuor in a colorful ceremony in Nairobi.

Zuku recently announced a multimillion sponsorship deal with the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) that will see the pay TV station directly sponsor the running of the Universities basketball league. The sponsorship is worth 50 Million shillings.

Zuku Head of Programming Hannelie Bekker says , “The Zuku Universities Basketball league seeks to create a platform for university students to showcase their talent in basketball. We have thus far trained coaches in a bid to equip them with skills to help grow the sport in Kenya. We would want to one day have Kenyans playing in internationals clubs.

To boost the viewership experience Hannalie says, “We have upgraded our satellite services in a multi-million dollar investment and we now can accommodate additional channels, and are proud to air Zuku sports in HD.”

The Baqe show will become the third sports magazine show to be sponsored by Zuku after  Athletics show Setting the Pace hosted by former athlete Martin Keino and now the recently launched Ingwe TV that will premier next month.Ingwe TV was launched on Wednesday in Nairobi with officials announcing a 23 Million shillings sponsorship partnership that will last for three years.

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