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This 19-Year-Old Athlete Is the First Alpine Skier to Represent Kenya at the Winter Olympics

Sabrina Simader is yet another Kenyan athlete making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The Winter Olympics are just around the corner and it looks like we have yet another history-making African athlete to add to our list of people we're rooting for during this year's games.


Sabrina Simader will be the first ever female alpine skier to represent Kenya at the Winter Olympics In Pyeongchang this year. She joins the distinguished group of African first-timers including Nigerian skeleton racer Simidele Adeagbo, Ghanaian skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong, as well as the popular Nigerian Women's bobsled team.

Simader was on the path to Olympic success from an early age.The 19-year-old Kenyan-born, Austrian-raised athlete has been skiing since the age of three when her stepfather first took her out on the slopes.

She told the BBC about some of the challenges she faced growing up as a black skier in a predominantly white community. "At the beginning it was hard, they were always watching me," said the athlete.

"They were really shocked that a black girl can ski like this."

The athlete is proud to represent her country at the Winter Olympics—becoming the second Kenyan ever to do so, after Philip Boit in 2002—and we couldn't be happier to cheer her on.

Tune in on February 9 to catch all the Winter Olympic action.

Tay Iwar. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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Photo: Dancers of the Asociación Cultural Afro Chincha Perú via Wikimedia Commons

After Decades of Erasure, Afro-Peruvians Will Finally be Counted in the National Census

Despite an Afro-Peruvian cultural resurgence not a lot has been done to increase the population's visibility on a political level.

In 2009, Peru became the first Latin American country to issue an official public apology to its afrodescendiente population for centuries of "abuse, exclusion, and discrimination." Since then, many have criticized it as more of a symbolic gesture, especially for its failure to mention slavery. It was also seen as a way for the government to highlight Afro-Peruvian culture over making any substantive improvements to the material conditions of Afro-Peruvian communities.

Enter the census, which can play an important role in compelling the Peruvian government to address systemic inequality related to education, poverty, and health. Unfortunately, the last time Peru made a formal attempt to keep track of its African descended population via the census was in 1940.

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Watch Kuami Eugene's Vibrant Music Video "Meji Meji" Featuring Davido

This Ghanaian and Nigerian link up will make your day.

Ghana's Kuami Eugene has been an artist to watch—especially as he shows himself to hold his own on collab tracks.

The music video for his latest, "Meji Meji" featuring Davido, is here. Its upbeat vibe shines through as the two crooners go about their day in Ghana, singing sweet nothings to their love interests.

"Meji Meji" was produced by Fresh VDM, with the video directed by Twitch & Rex.

Take a look at the vibrant video below.

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