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9 African Fitness Stars You Should Follow on Instagram

These African fitness gurus are bound to add some inspiration to your Instagram timelines.

Despite your best intentions, there are some days when you just can't find in yourself the drive to workout—or perhaps you are looking for more creative or challenging exercises to incorporate into your workout. Well, we've got you covered!

While scrolling through your Instagram feed, it wouldn't hurt to get that extra boost of inspiration to get you motivated for a workout session. Here are a few Africans on Instagram who offer endless fitspiration or fitness knowledge for those who need it!


1. Foster Agyei

Foster "Dovies" Agyei is a model and fitness coach from Accra, Ghana who boasts over 1 million followers on Instagram. The self-taught, all natural trainer promotes fitness on his page which is widely appreciated for its short workout videos that are easy to keep up with. He also posts exercises that require little or no equipment, demonstrating that you do not need a gym to get fit. Try some of his workouts and you will soon be hooked!

2. Jane Mukami

Jane Mukami, also known as Fit Kenyan Girl, is a fitness coach and nutrition consultant based in Atlanta, Georgia. Jane documents her best daily workouts on her Instagram feed and gives useful tips on how to get as shredded as she is. She also opens up about the struggles of weight loss and occasionally posts her own before and after pictures to keep her followers motivated on their fitness journeys.

3. Kulbila Agyarko Samuel

Kulbila Agyarko Samuel is a young Ghanaian natural bodybuilder who was able to build a great physique in spite of only training in a homemade gym with a lot of improvised equipment. Kulbila embodies the saying that "where there's a will there's a way" and can inspire anyone not to let their circumstances hold them back. Viewing his determined posts can be instantly uplifting as you browse through the gram.

4. Elisabeth Akinwale

This CrossFit athlete and trainer is a guru at all things fitness. She managed to qualify for the 2011 CrossFit Games, landing 13th place overall only six months after being introduced to CrossFit. Elisabeth Akinwale is also a devoted mom and she is all about inspiring all-round wellness and endurance. From gymnastics to strength training, follow her page for daily inspiration to get moving!

5. Cassandra Nuamah aka Coach Cass

Cassandra Nuamah or Coach Cass is a certified wellness coach and master trainer who is committed to helping others live healthier lives. Adhering to her Ghanaian roots, she teaches the Kukuwa, an African dance program which was created by her mother. Her Instagram handle features a lot of videos from her lively dance workshops which are thrilling to watch and extremely motivating.

6. Alseny Sylla

Alseny Sylla is a personal fitness trainer and acrobatic circus performer from Conakry, Guinea. After years of acrobatic training and a lot of hard work he was selected to join the Cavalia Odysseo ensemble and he now travels the world as a circus performer. With a blend of energetic calisthenics and acrobatics, Alseny's workouts are highly creative for anyone willing to try and also really fun to watch!

7. Suzanne Brume

Suzanne Brume's page makes a healthier and more active lifestyle look so much better than lying on the couch eating junk food.The New York based Nigerian fitness blogger and yoga enthusiast regularly updates her followers on all her workouts and diet plans. Whether she's running, lifting weights or maneuvering some difficult yoga poses Suzanne's got you covered with many helpful tips and videos.

8. Scott Bernard

Based out of New York, Scott "Burn Hard" Bernard is a Jamaican health and fitness coach who actively sharing his passion and story with the world. Other than the jaw-dropping pictures of his aesthetic physique, his fitstagram features videos from his Afro-Caribbean influenced dance classes and calisthenic street workouts. He also posts a daily dose of motivational quotes to keep you on track. You can catch him and Coach Cass making exercise look really fun in our Okayfit video here.

9. Gideon Akande

Gideon Akande is a Chicago-based fitness trainer of Nigerian descent who was the Men's Health Next Top Trainer winner in 2015. He has been described as a "world class motivator" and one glance at his Instagram page explains why. The charismatic trainer posts varied training techniques and workouts that are high energy and tailored for massive results. Get this fitness expert on your feed for some quality fitspiration.

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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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