AFRICA NOW: Olympics 2018 Gets First African Bobsled Team

The Olympics' first African bobsled team (Courtesy of obigrant.com)
The Olympics' first African bobsled team (Courtesy of obigrant.com)

Three women from Nigeria have made history as the first African bobsled team to qualify for the Olympics.

Training for over a year on a homemade bobsled, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, three U.S.-based Nigerian sprinters, will join the 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place in South Korea.

“I basically got into the sport of bobsledding in 2015 after a little bit of a hiatus from athletics,” Adigun told People magazine. “I also learned that Nigeria, the country, had never had any Winter Olympians … And then to cap it off, I learned that the continent of Africa had never been represented, man or woman, by any bobsled team. So I was like, ‘Okay, this is obviously something that is gonna hang over my head if I don’t step in and try and do something about it.'”

Prior to their interest in bobsledding, the ladies were already experienced athletes, particularly Adigun, who ran in the 2012 Olympics.

Miss Jamaica Salutes Natural Hair at Pageant

Despite consistent controversy that natural Black hair is unprofessional or inappropriate, Davina Bennett, Jamaica’s representative in the Miss Universe 2017 competition, decided to wear her hair in an Afro, and social media loved it.

Though Bennett eventually lost out to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a White South African, seeing natural hair recognized on an international stage proved to be enormous statement and sent waves of confidence across the globe.

“I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” the 23-year old wrote on Instagram following the competition. “I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far.”

Sending a strong message that there is nothing wrong with choosing to wear your hair straight and that there is also nothing wrong with choosing not to straighten your hair, women who had been told that their natural hair was not good enough relished in the moment of Miss Jamaica and their Blackness.

“Shout to that HR consultant who said my hair was inappropriate for work. Hope yuh tv turn on goodie #MissUniverse #Jamaica,” one person tweeted.

Nigeria Hosts International Photography Festival

LagosPhoto — the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria — recently announced their eighth edition of the event.

Lasting an entire month, the events will include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa.

Established in 2010 by Azu Nwagbogu, LagosPhoto aims to establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite local and international artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa.

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