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The Nigeria Women's Bobsled Team Has Qualified for the Winter Olympics

These women will represent Nigeria for the first time at the Winter Olympics at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.

Nigeria (and Africa!) will compete at the Winter Olympics, thanks to the Nigeria Women's Bobsled team, ESPN reports.


Driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races Wednesday—becoming the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Bobsled category.

The team completed races in Utah, Whistler and their final two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria," Adigun tells KweséESPN. "Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria.

"Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed."

Solomon Ogba, president of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, commends the personal dedication and commitment of the women.

"Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this - the work, the discipline, and the personal sacrifices. They were amazing throughout this journey," he says in a statement. "I have watched them train and work hard to represent Nigeria at the Winter Olympics in a very technical and high risk sport and they have achieved that. They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them."

The federation may also qualify for the Skeleton competition at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, with driver Simidele Adeagbo just two races away from qualifying.

Congrats, ladies!

To learn more about what motivated Adigun and her crew to to take on this challenge, read the conversation we had with the team last year here.

Photo: Mainimo Etienne

The Rwandan Woman Who Made Football History

We talked to Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga, who is the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations' 65-year history.

On the 18th of January, 2022, a woman stepped into the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon, whistle in hand, a walkie-talkie tucked behind her shorts. Taking up her post as central referee for the Zimbabwe-Guinea game, she would make history as the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations. Chit-chat occupied the stands, as spectators waited for the curtains to be drawn at 17:00 hours for the match to begin. Whispers of “Hope she will deliver,” could be heard, as Salima Mukansanga prepared to take to the field.

During the match, some spectators counted the 34 yellow cards she handed out at the end; others found her soft and tender with no serious refereeing issues in the game. Mukansanga leads a quartet of women match officials for this year's AFCON, with Carine Atemzabong, from Cameroon, Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi, both from Morocco, present as assistant referees. Until this year’s tournament, in its 65-year history, an all-women team of refereeing officials had yet to be designated for an Africa Cup of Nations match.

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The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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