This Athlete Will Be the First Ghanaian Skeleton Racer to Compete at the Winter Olympics

Ghanaian athlete Akwasi Frimpong just made Winter Olympics history.

Africans are taking over the Winter Olympics, and we couldn't be more ecstatic to see them out here flourishing.

After winning his last qualifying race, Ghanian sportsman Akwasi Frimpong, will be the first athlete to represent his country in the Winter Olympics skeleton competition. This news comes just after Nigerian athlete Simidele Adeagbo became the first African woman to qualify for the same sport last week. Nigeria's women's bobsled team has also made Winter Olympic history as they'll be the first African team to compete in that sport in the upcoming games.

Can you say, Black excellence? I'm sure you can.


Frimpong is not new to winter sports, the Dutch national was previously a member of the Dutch national bobsled team and competed in the Bobsled World Cup in 2013. He made his professional skeleton debut in the IBSF World Championship in Germany last year, after making the move to the sport, reports Konbini.

The athlete helped found the Ghana Confederation of Bobsledding and Skeleton Racing to help promote participation in both sports in his home country.

He spoke to Pulse Ghana last month about why he decided to pursue winter sports rather than a more common game, like football perhaps.

"Through skeleton I'm trying to show people to come out of their comfort zone as much as possible and get into something different. We cannot all be Abedi Pele, we cannot all be Usain Bolt, but we all have talent that we can definitely use."

Frimpong will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month. We'll certainly be rooting for him, and for everybody African for that matter!

Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

Keep reading... Show less

This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

Keep reading... Show less
Video still via YouTube.

10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.