- Congolese NBA star, Serge Ibaka, has revisited a restaurant in his native country where he used to beg for leftovers for a full meal
- Serge Ibaka took to his Twitter handle to express gratitude for his journey to success
- He recounted his struggles before his stardom while thanking God for aligning his destiny to His will
From begging leftovers 15 years ago to coming back as an NBA Champhion to eat a full meal at the same restaurant in Congo, Congolese NBA Champion Serge Ibaka, recounts his journey to stardom in the most soul-touching manner.
Serge Ibaka, took to his Twitter handle during a visit to his native country to post a video while urging people to trust in God’s will and plan for their life.
‘‘Sometimes life is like a movie and this script is written by God only,’’ his post stated.
The Congolese NBA champion has always spoken candidly about his life and struggles back home before stardom and how he rose above all obstacles to become who he is today.
Still enjoying life after winning his first NBA championship and ring, the Toronto Raptors star returned to his home country with the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.
Serge Ibaka shared a video of him eating a full meal at a restaurant he used to visit to beg for leftovers some 15 years ago while expressing gratitude to God for aligning his will for his life.
“From begging leftovers 15 years ago to coming back as an NBA Champion to eat a full meal at the same restaurant in Congo. Sometimes life is like a movie and this script is written by God only,” he shared.
Background of Serge Ibaka
Born in Congo, Brazzaville, to two professional basketball players, Ibaka began his basketball career in 2008 with Spanish team CB L’Hospitlet.
He eventually made it to the NBA in 2008 after being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics, making him the first player from the Republic of Congo to be selected in a draft.
He has also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic and is a member of the Spanish national basketball team.
Ibaka, during the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors, was very vital coming off the bench to effectively contribute both offensively and defensively. He finished off the final game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. One of his memorable performances during the series was coming off the bench to score 20 points in 22 minutes in game 4.
Not forgetting where he comes from and how it all started, Ibaka goes home every year and gives back through his Serge Ibaka Foundation. The Foundation has helped improve the lives of children in health, education, and nutrition among other areas.
He has partnered with several organisations to realize his dream of helping children.
He also partnered with UNICEF to help provide mentorship and improve the education and living conditions of street children who don’t have any parents or family in the Congo.
His initiative won him a position on the National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA) Board of Directors in 2017 to serve as a positive example for others in the league.
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