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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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