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9 African Fitness Stars You Should Follow on Instagram

These African fitness gurus are bound to add some inspiration to your Instagram timelines.

Despite your best intentions, there are some days when you just can't find in yourself the drive to workout—or perhaps you are looking for more creative or challenging exercises to incorporate into your workout. Well, we've got you covered!

While scrolling through your Instagram feed, it wouldn't hurt to get that extra boost of inspiration to get you motivated for a workout session. Here are a few Africans on Instagram who offer endless fitspiration or fitness knowledge for those who need it!


1. Foster Agyei

Foster "Dovies" Agyei is a model and fitness coach from Accra, Ghana who boasts over 1 million followers on Instagram. The self-taught, all natural trainer promotes fitness on his page which is widely appreciated for its short workout videos that are easy to keep up with. He also posts exercises that require little or no equipment, demonstrating that you do not need a gym to get fit. Try some of his workouts and you will soon be hooked!

2. Jane Mukami

Jane Mukami, also known as Fit Kenyan Girl, is a fitness coach and nutrition consultant based in Atlanta, Georgia. Jane documents her best daily workouts on her Instagram feed and gives useful tips on how to get as shredded as she is. She also opens up about the struggles of weight loss and occasionally posts her own before and after pictures to keep her followers motivated on their fitness journeys.

3. Kulbila Agyarko Samuel

Kulbila Agyarko Samuel is a young Ghanaian natural bodybuilder who was able to build a great physique in spite of only training in a homemade gym with a lot of improvised equipment. Kulbila embodies the saying that "where there's a will there's a way" and can inspire anyone not to let their circumstances hold them back. Viewing his determined posts can be instantly uplifting as you browse through the gram.

4. Elisabeth Akinwale

This CrossFit athlete and trainer is a guru at all things fitness. She managed to qualify for the 2011 CrossFit Games, landing 13th place overall only six months after being introduced to CrossFit. Elisabeth Akinwale is also a devoted mom and she is all about inspiring all-round wellness and endurance. From gymnastics to strength training, follow her page for daily inspiration to get moving!

5. Cassandra Nuamah aka Coach Cass

Cassandra Nuamah or Coach Cass is a certified wellness coach and master trainer who is committed to helping others live healthier lives. Adhering to her Ghanaian roots, she teaches the Kukuwa, an African dance program which was created by her mother. Her Instagram handle features a lot of videos from her lively dance workshops which are thrilling to watch and extremely motivating.

6. Alseny Sylla

Alseny Sylla is a personal fitness trainer and acrobatic circus performer from Conakry, Guinea. After years of acrobatic training and a lot of hard work he was selected to join the Cavalia Odysseo ensemble and he now travels the world as a circus performer. With a blend of energetic calisthenics and acrobatics, Alseny's workouts are highly creative for anyone willing to try and also really fun to watch!

7. Suzanne Brume

Suzanne Brume's page makes a healthier and more active lifestyle look so much better than lying on the couch eating junk food.The New York based Nigerian fitness blogger and yoga enthusiast regularly updates her followers on all her workouts and diet plans. Whether she's running, lifting weights or maneuvering some difficult yoga poses Suzanne's got you covered with many helpful tips and videos.

8. Scott Bernard

Based out of New York, Scott "Burn Hard" Bernard is a Jamaican health and fitness coach who actively sharing his passion and story with the world. Other than the jaw-dropping pictures of his aesthetic physique, his fitstagram features videos from his Afro-Caribbean influenced dance classes and calisthenic street workouts. He also posts a daily dose of motivational quotes to keep you on track. You can catch him and Coach Cass making exercise look really fun in our Okayfit video here.

9. Gideon Akande

Gideon Akande is a Chicago-based fitness trainer of Nigerian descent who was the Men's Health Next Top Trainer winner in 2015. He has been described as a "world class motivator" and one glance at his Instagram page explains why. The charismatic trainer posts varied training techniques and workouts that are high energy and tailored for massive results. Get this fitness expert on your feed for some quality fitspiration.

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Stop What You're Doing Right Now and Watch Falz's New Video 'This Is Nigeria'

The Nigerian rapper tackles his country's social ills in his very own answer to Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

Nigerian rapper, Falz has been known to use his sharp brand of humor to address social ills in his country. Today he's taken it a step further with the release of a new song and video entitled "This is Nigeria" and the outcome is an audacious, decidedly necessary critique of Nigerian society inspired by Childish Gambino's viral video "This is America."

Falz opens the song with a voice over of his father the lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, discussing the consequences of rampant corruption and exploitation, before adding his own cutting criticism: "This is Nigeria, look how I'm living now, look how I'm living now. Everybody be criminal," he rhymes as chaos ensues all around him.

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The Secret Behind Nike's New Naija Football Kits are Nigerians Themselves

The story behind the bold new uniforms the Super Eagles will be wearing at this year's World Cup.

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The new Nigeria football kits are not even out yet, but they're already causing pandemonium with Nigerian press reporting that there have been already 3 million worldwide orders. And it's easy to see why—the designs are daring with a bold nod to Nigerian culture that is very in vogue right now. In addition, UK Grime MCs with Nigerian roots, Skepta and Tinie Tempah have already been photographed in the new jerseys causing a surge of social media chatter about the new look.

But while rock star endorsements and an edgy new design will certainly bring attention, there's no doubt that the real bulk of the demand is due to what is ramping up to be a significant moment in the history of Nigerian football—the 2018 World Cup.



If you don't already know, Nigeria is entering this year's World Cup in Russia with some of the most exciting young players we've seen in years. With youthful talent like Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho—all 21—and veteran Olympic captain Jon Obi Mikel ready to take the field in Moscow all eyes are on Nigeria to advance out of Group D and challenge the world for a chance at the cup.

The plan here is to outdo the teams previous international achievement, the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in men's football which is commemorated on the home kit with a badge recolored in the colors of the '96 gold medal-winning "Dream Team."

The home kit also pays subtle homage to Nigeria's '94 shirt— the first Nigerian team to qualify for the tournament—with its eagle wing-inspired black-and-white sleeve and green torso. But if the allusion to the pasty is subtle, the new supercharged patterns are anything but.

The look of the kit feels particularly in touch with what's going on in youth fashion both in Nigeria and the world and that's no accident. Much of the collection comes in bold print, both floral and Ankara-inspired chevrons, ideas that we've seen entering street wear collections and on the runway in recent years. That's because African and Nigerian style has become a big deal internationally of late. And not just in style, the country's huge cultural industries from Nollywood to Afrobeats have announced themselves on the world stage. This cultural ascendance is reflected in the design.


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"With Nigeria, we wanted to tap into the attitude of the nation," notes Dan Farron, Nike Football Design Director. "We built this kit and collection based on the players' full identities." Along with other members of the Nike Football design group, Farron dug into learning more about Nigeria's players, "We started to see trends in attitude and energy connecting the athletes to music, fashion and more. They are part of a resoundingly cool culture."

In fact OkayAfrica has covered the team's love for music before—even dedicating an edition of the African in Your Earbuds mixtape to John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi & Kelechi Iheanacho's favorite songs to get hyped up before a game. When we asked the charismatic trio, they gave us list that included many of the huge Nigerian artists that we love, like Tekno, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Nigerian-American rapper Wale and also, perhaps surprisingly, perhaps not, Celine Dion.

Nigerian culture has gone global partly through its infectious energy but also because of its vibrant diaspora populations that bring it with them wherever they land. Lagos-born Alex Iwobi whose goal in the 73rd minute to qualified Nigeria for this summer's tournament spent most of his life in London but still reps Naija to the fullest.

"I grew up in England, but Nigeria is my homeland," he says. "When I scored that goal, the players were dancing, the fans were playing trumpets and bringing drums…there was just so much passion and energy. It is always an honor to wear the white and green. To compete this summer is not just our dream, it is also the dream of our fans. Together, we all represent Naija."

This similar energy can be felt in Nigerian communities from Brooklyn to Peckham and even in China. Naija culture is truly global and no doubt the fans will embody the Naija spirit wherever they will be watching the games this summer.

If you're wondering, Nike isn't simply hopping on the Nigeria bandwagon. The apparel company has been sponsoring the Nigerian football since 2015, supplying kits to all nine of the Nigeria Football Federation teams at every level, including the men's and women's senior teams, men's and women's under-20 teams, men's and women's under-17 teams, men's and women's Olympic teams, and the men's beach football team.

So while the kit is available for purchase worldwide June 1, just know that you'll be competing with millions to get your own official shirts for the World Cup. If you are in New York, find the kit for sale exclusively at Nike's 21 Mercer store.

And please join OkayAfrica and Nike on June 2nd for Naija Worldwide as we celebrate Team Nigeria's journey to Russia in style.

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