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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.

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Besides her 2019 single "DontLetGo" and the 2020 track "Reckless", fans of Joburg-based singer Amarafleur's soothing vocals had to be satisfied with her collaborations with the likes of Xenlaii, ECHLN, and Maramza as they waited for her to release a larger body of solo work. That day finally came with the release of her debut EP ...And Then I Stopped Caring, a three-track offering that sees the songstress overcome her fear of judgment and explores personal themes that include growth, anxiety, and intimacy.

The journey that led to the release of the EP began in 2019 after the release of "DontLetGo", which found Amarafleur in a space where she was doubting whether she had done enough creatively for the song, causing her to promote it less than it deserved. In looking back at this period, she was able to identify the reason that, up to then, had prevented her from releasing more music. "I realised it was because I cared about what happened when the music was out to others too much, so you're not creating anything," she says. "And that is how I got to the point where I decided to write what I wanted to write, make sure that what I feel is at the fore of the music-making process. I decided that this time it's about the end product and how I feel about it first before how the audience will feel about it."

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Coming 2 America premiered last Friday on Amazon Prime, and several cinemas on the continent including South Africa and Nigeria, and there was much excitement around the highly-anticipated sequel. Starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Jennifer Sears—members of the original cast—the film also had a cameo appearance from Davido and saw the only South African actress on set, Nomzamo Mbatha, in her breakout international role.

While it had all the excitement and fanfare of Black Panther, there have admittedly been some mixed reviews from South Africans on social media since the premiere. Chief among the skepticism were the dated "African accents" used by the characters in the film and more especially with regards to Mbatha, in her portrayal of Mirembe, the royal groomer. Times have certainly changed in the three decades since the first film premiered and social media didn't exist either. However, to be fair, these accents have not actually changed from the first film—just the awareness around them.

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