Basketball & Entrepreneurship
Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts.
2019 Women’s Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu plays for the reigning African champions, Nigeria’s D’Tigress. While most know Ezinne for her talent on the court, she’s also jumped headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship; she’s launched her own cosmetics company, Kalu Kosmetics, and an organization empowering young girls who want to play basketball, the Kalu Team Heat. This episode explores Ezinne’s entrepreneurial drive and commitment to uplifting the Black community, as well as the connection between bias and entrepreneurship.
Experts interviewed include Ezinne’s father, Mr. Kalu, teammate and coach, Ndidi Madu, Founder and CEO, wovoyage, Rashmi Chadha, and Harvard Business School Assistant Professor, Dr. Laura Huang.
Audio clip from Fiba’s ‘Kalu saves Nigeria in the last seconds! – 2016 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament’
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