Raptors’ Ibaka to host virtual talent show, donate $20K to COVID-19 relief

Toronto Raptors' Sege Ibaka (9) reacts during second half NBA basketball action against the Utah Jazz in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Hans Deryk/CP)

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka will be hosting a live talent show on Instagram called “How Talented Are You?” to provide a platform for fans to showcase their talents and to donate to the novel coronavirus relief efforts.

The talent show, whose name plays off of Ibaka’s YouTube series titled “How Hungry Are You?”, will begin with an open casting call on the Raptors centre’s Instagram page.

“While we are all social distancing and in quarantine, I’d like to bring positivity and reward talent and creativity,” Ibaka said about the talent contest on Twitter.

Those excited to showcase their talent must first follow Ibaka’s production company, Ouenze Entertainment, on Instagram. Potential contestants, who must be at least 18 years old, will be notified if they are participating in the first casting.

The Ibaka Foundation will be donating $20,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts in the talent show winner’s city. The winner will also received a signed No. 9 Ibaka jersey.

The Raptors star has been trying to keep busy during this time in self-isolation. Ibaka has previously shown off the gym he built for himself at home, hosted a cooking lesson, provided a tutorial on how to wear scarfs and checked in on his teammate’s eating habits.

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