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This Snowboarder Wants To Represent Uganda at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Brolin Mawejje wants to be the first Ugandan snowboarder to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

As Nigeria eyes to compete in bobsledding at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, this Ugandan wants to represent his country and the continent with snowboarding.


Brolin Mawejje, 24, left Uganda at the age of 12 to Lincoln, Massachusetts to find his estranged mother. Once he hit 15—he picked up the snowboard to build confidence and to discover his identity on his own terms.

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mawejje plans on putting his medical school plans on hold to follow his dream of being the first to represent Uganda at the Winter Olympics in 2018.

"My motivation, really, is holding the flag at the opening ceremony," Mawejje says in a short documentary by Dew Tour, "So [it] doesn't really go as far as winning, or getting on [the] podium, but picturing myself as an African holding an African flag—it's such an event [that] really pushes me."

Watch the first part of the documentary that follows his journey of making his dream a reality below:

Check out this reel showing how he's progessed with snowboarding from 2011 to 2016:

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#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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