Revamped Lycee de Kigali Gymnasium was officially inaugurated on Friday, February 10.

The 1500-seat facility was constructed through a partnership between NBA Africa and Rwanda’s basketball governing body (FERWABA), and has been under construction since October 2022.

Expected to benefit more than 4,000 youth from Kigali and the surrounding communities,the gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

Minister of Sports Aurore Mimosa Munyagaju, NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams, FERWABA President Desire Mugwiza and Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education were among dignitaries who graced the official unveiling of the facility which is expected to help in talent detection among youths.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Munyangaju commended the commitment from partners like NBA Africa, which are playing a role in taking Rwandan basketball to a new level.

The New Times’ photographer Dan Kwizera Gatsinzi, through his lens, captured key highlights of the official inauguration of the gymnasium through pictures.

The newly revamped and upgraded gymnasium was officially inaugurated at Lycee de Kigali, on Friday, February 10. Photo by Dan Gatsinzi

The newly revamped and upgraded gymnasium was officially inaugurated at Lycee de Kigali, on Friday, February 10. Photo by Dan Gatsinzi

Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju officially inaugurates the newly revamped gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali .Mimosa has hailed NBA Africa’s continued commitment to support infrastructure projects. Dan Gatsinzi

Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju officially inaugurates the newly revamped gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali . Mimosa has hailed NBA Africa’s continued commitment to support infrastructure projects. Dan Gatsinzi

Dan Gatsinzi

Minister of Sports Aurore Mimosa Munyagaju, flanked by NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams, President of FERWABA ,Desire Mugwiza, Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education during the official inauguration of the upgraded gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali on Friday, February 10. All Photos by Dan Gatsinzi.

Minister of Sports Aurore Mimosa Munyagaju, flanked by NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams, President of FERWABA ,Desire Mugwiza, Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education during the official inauguration of the upgraded gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali on Friday, February 10. All Photos by Dan Gatsinzi.

Desire Mugwiza, the President of Ferwaba addresses the attendees of the inauguration event on Friday, February 10. Mugwiza tipped the project to strengthen the ongoing partnership between NBA Africa and the federation.

 The newly completed indoor basketball court has the capacity to host up to 1,500 spectators

The newly completed indoor basketball court has the capacity to host up to 1,500 spectators

During the inauguration ceremony a friendly match was played to celebrate the completion of the gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali

During the inauguration ceremony a friendly match was played to celebrate the completion of the gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali

The gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

The gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

Expected  to benefit more than 4,000 youth from Kigali and the surrounding communities, the gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

Expected  to benefit more than 4,000 youth from Kigali and the surrounding communities, the gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

A view of the inside part of the revamped gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali . The newly completed indoor basketball court  has the capacity to host up to 1,500 spectators

A view of the inside part of the revamped gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali . The newly completed indoor basketball court has the capacity to host up to 1,500 spectators

The 1500-seat facility was constructed through a partnership between NBA Africa and Rwanda’s basketball governing body (FERWABA), and has been under construction since October 2022.

The 1500-seat facility was constructed through a partnership between NBA Africa and Rwanda’s basketball governing body (FERWABA), and has been under construction since October 2022.

Players during a friendly game during the inauguration of the 1500-seat facility that  was under construction through a partnership between NBA Africa and  FERWABA since October 2022.

Players during a friendly game during the inauguration of the 1500-seat facility that was under construction through a partnership between NBA Africa and FERWABA since October 2022.

The courts will play a key role in the promotion of the game of basketball in general.Dan Gatsinzi

The courts will play a key role in the promotion of the game of basketball in general.Dan Gatsinzi

The courts will play a key role in the promotion of the game of basketball in general.Dan Gatsinzi

The courts will play a key role in the promotion of the game of basketball in general.Dan Gatsinzi

Expected  to benefit more than 4,000 youth from Kigali and the surrounding communities,the gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

Expected  to benefit more than 4,000 youth from Kigali and the surrounding communities,the gymnasium will be hosting some games of the local league.

The inauguration of the gymnasium took place on Friday, February 10

The inauguration of the gymnasium took place on Friday, February 10

Minister of Sports Aurore Munyagaju and NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams watch the game during the inauguration event.

Minister of Sports Aurore Munyagaju and NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams watch the game during the inauguration event.

Minister Munyagaju delivers remarks at the event.

Minister Munyagaju delivers remarks at the event.

Speaking about the sponsors of the facility, Munyagaju said "This gymnasium and the support you provided is a clear demonstration of your belief in the potential of our young basketballers"

Speaking about the sponsors of the facility, Munyagaju said “This gymnasium and the support you provided is a clear demonstration of your belief in the potential of our young basketballers”

 The facility will also help in talent detection among the youths.

The facility will also help in talent detection among the youths.

The 1500-seat facility was since October 2022 constructed through a partnership between NBA Africa and FERWABA

The 1500-seat facility was since October 2022 constructed through a partnership between NBA Africa and FERWABA

Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education speaks about the importance of the facility during the launch

Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education speaks about the importance of the facility during the launch

Officials and players in photo while celebrating the completion of the gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali on Friday, February 10

Officials and players in photo while celebrating the completion of the gymnasium at Lycee de Kigali on Friday, February 10

NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams, during an interview inside the newly completed indoor basketball court that has the capacity to host up to 1,500 spectators

NBA Africa CEO, Victor Williams, during an interview inside the newly completed indoor basketball court that has the capacity to host up to 1,500 spectators

Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju speaks to journalists after the inauguration. She has hailed NBA Africa’s continued commitment to support infrastructure projects

Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju speaks to journalists after the inauguration. She has hailed NBA Africa’s continued commitment to support infrastructure projects

The newly revamped court was built out of a partnership between NBA Africa and Ferwaba. Photo by  Dan Gatsinzi

The newly revamped court was built out of a partnership between NBA Africa and Ferwaba. Photo by Dan Gatsinzi