Le média américain Stratribune est revenu sur l’enfance de Luc au Cameroun, ainsi que son expérience qui lui a changé sa vie, lors des détections organisées en Afrique, et qui lui ont permis à l’âge de 16 ans de partir aux Etats-Unis. Aujourd’hui, Luc redonne ce qu’on lui a donné à l’époque avec le Mbah a Moute Camp. Article à lire en anglais.
NBA Insider: Mbah a Moute changing lives
Inspired at a camp at age 16, Luc Mbah a Moute seeks to help players back home.
While whiling away the hours in his new cold and foreign home recently, Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad came upon an old movie filmed before he was born, one he hadn’t seen for quite some time.
Later, he innocently asked teammate Luc Mbah a Moute if he leads the same kind of life back home in Africa as the main character in “Coming to America.”
“I wouldn’t be here if I had it like that,” Mbah a Moute replied.
Like that, as depicted in the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy, is a world where an African prince is awakened by a string orchestra every morning, where gorgeous women bathe and dress him and scatter rose petals in his path wherever he goes in a country whose money bears his likeness.
Life apparently was different for Mbah a Moute, a prince in a Cameroonian village because he is the son of an elected village chief. He grew up in what he once called regular middle class, a ceremonial family member respected in his village along with his seven other siblings because of his father’s status. He came to America as a teenager pursuing an education and basketball and ultimately achieved a better way of life following other Africans such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo, who led the way to the NBA ahead of him.
Now he is giving back by sponsoring a three-day basketball camp back home every summer for the past four years that invites the country’s top 50 teenage prospects, five of whom now are playing Division I college ball in the United States. Another plays at an American high school.
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