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KIU Explorer of the Day: KIU Rangers' Maureen Nankumbi and her Passion for Basketball


KIU, Main Campus - Nankumbi Maureen, born on 1st November 2000 in Mpigi district in central Uganda, is a basketball player who plays as a point guard for KIU Rangers in the Uganda National Basketball League. Maureen is also a second year student of Mass Communication at Kampala International University(KIU).

She started playing basketball when she joined high school in 2013. It is at St. Mary's College Kitende that Maureen first fell in love with the sport that soon became her only passion. This was due to the fact that the game was the second most popular after soccer. She went to Kamengo Primary School in Mpigi district from where she sat her Primary Leaving Examination in 2012. She then joined St. Mary's College Kitende in 2013 and was there for six years.

Despite learning the game in senior one, Maureen easily developed into a very proficient point guard who immediately started playing with the first team of the school. She helped the school to win six record national trophies and one in East Africa.

Maureen was at her very best in the 2017  National Post Primary Basketball Championship held in Masindi where she was undoubtedly voted the most valuable player (MVP) of the tournament after leading her school St. Mary's Kitende to their fifth consecutive national championship.

Her last championship with St. Mary's was in 2018, her final year in high school. She joined KIU in August 2019 to pursue a Diploma in Mass Communication and was immediately offered a scholarship by the University. She was also recruited to the KIU Rangers first team. Due to her excellent Basketball skills, Maureen's name was included in the KIU Rangers squad for the 2019 Uganda National Basketball League season. The rest is history.

Like her idol, Stephen Curry, Maureen is looking forward to taking Basketball to an international level, to win as many major trophies as possible. She also wants to play for Uganda and help it win the Basketball world cup one day. She also admires the Canadian Basketball League and hopes to play with a Canadian club before the end of her career.