Brenda Ekone: Ugandan Basketball’s Endearing Woman Of Steel

There is undoubtedly a correlation between the fascinating game of basketball and growth in one’s religious beliefs. Ekone Brenda’s story is a clear manifestation of this assertion for the simple fact that her excellence is guided by the motto, “Believe in God”.

The towering Point-guard currently plays for Just Kip Living (JKL) Lady Dolphins, where her speed and agility in terms of ball movement to the hoop have earned her nicknames like; speed merchant and bombardier among her teammates.

Her love for basketball was ignited at St. Mary’s Secondary School Kitende during her high school education. This institution has since gone ahead to establish itself as a Women college basketball powerhouse.

While there, Ekone offered the subjects of History, Literature and Divinity for her A-level, eventually managing to join Nkumba University on scholarship courtesy of her outstanding performance in the game.

Brenda Ekone with Nkumba Lady Marines

She further graduated to become a social worker and has formerly worked with InterAid Uganda before finally taking a decision to give back to sports as an administrator at her alma mater.

The joy-to-watch artist reckons her favorite year in basketball to be 2017 while playing for the Lady Marines of Nkumba University. She would describe this as a very small team with a big heart of winning.

Ekone also needed no invitation to wax lyrical about representing Uganda at various International tournaments. This according to her is an achievement that came to pass on her bucket list and matters almost more than anything else.

“It has been a nice experience playing with experienced players like Flavia “Flash” Oketcho and Claire Lamunu,” stated Ekone when speaking to The-SportsNation about playing for the National Team.

Brenda Ekone in national colours. FUBA photo

Ekone represented Uganda in the World University games that took place in South Korea and Taipe in 2015 and 2017 respectively, Zone V Basketball Championships in 2018, and 3×3 Africa Cup Championships that were held in Kampala.

Akello Hope, who has played with her since high school described Ekone as a great person and hard-worker who always pushes her teammates to train but also reliably available to talk with at any time.

That withstanding, her numbers for the 2021 NBL season are astonishing and something to write home about. She averaged three assists with an efficiency of 43%, 17 rebounds, one steals, and 7.5 points per game before the season was prematurely called off.

Realistically, her willingness to learn and grow her game has been reflected in the achievements she holds. She believes in personal investment for growth in the sport as she has personal practice sessions to grow her game.

Brenda Ekone after JKL won Zone five championships in 2019

Her achievements date back to highschool and range as high as the following;

•National Secondary School Basketball Champions 2012 – 2013
•3×3 University Champions 2015
•Bronze Medalist University games at Busoga University, 2015
•Silver Medalist University games at Ndejje University, 2017
•University Floodlights Champions, Nkumba University, Lady Marines 2017
• Basketball Zone V Champions, JKL, 2019
•Uganda Christian University Basketball Open Champions, JKL, 2020

Personal accolades
•NBL Top Scorer, 2017
•NBL MVP Regular Season, 2017
•University Floodlights MVP, 2017
•NBL Top Scorer, 2018
•NBL MVP Regular Season, 2018
•NBL Top Scorer, 2019
•NBL MVP Regular Season, 2019
•UCU Open Tournament MVP, 2020



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