Diary of the Week: Giants of Africa and 'The Hobbit' party

By Amoryn Engel

It was an all-star kind of night as Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri honoured his hero, Nelson Mandela, alongside some of the world’s biggest sports icons while supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Ujiri’s non-for-profit organization, Giants of Africa. The star-studded event, presented by Bell, was an evening-long celebration of the late former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, with NBA legends Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo all paying tribute. Masai Ujiri founded Giants of Africa in 2003 to make a difference for kids in Africa using basketball as a tool.

While it may have been freezing on the streets of Toronto, that did not deter fans from waiting in the cold for the much-awaited premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Frenzied fans dressed the part and waited patiently for a peek at the film’s famed director, Peter Jackson, and movie-star Lee Pace. Industry VIPS and fans alike were thrilled to have the sneak peek at an epic film that culminates in a huge battle between the forces of good and evil.

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