African Athletes Are Taking Over the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony—Stream It Here

A record setting number of African athletes came out to represent at this year's Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are being called "the most African" ever. With 13 athletes from 8 different African countries including Ghana, South Africa, Eritrea, Nigeria, Madagascar, Togo, Morocco, and Kenya, African athletes are leaving their mark on winter sports like never before.

A number of these athletes are representing their countries for the first time ever, and naturally there's an undeniable aura of pride in the air. This certainly came across during the opening ceremony this morning in Pyeongchang where athletes from across the globe came to wave their country's flag high.


Following in the tradition, Greece was the first country to come out, immediately followed by Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

We can't wait to see some of our favorite athletes compete for the gold. You can stream the opening ceremony here.

Be sure to follow OkayAfrica for more updates on Africans at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

History making Ghanaian skeleton racer, Akwasi Frimpong showed off a big smile and some dance moves as he made his Olympic debut.

Sabrina Simader, Kenya's first female alpine skier, was in the building!

With a number of first-time athletes in the games, including skeleton racer Simidele Adeagbo and the Women's bobsled team, Nigeria made a big splash during the ceremony.

South Africa's sole competitor, alpine skier Connor Wilson was there to fly his country's flag high during the ceremony.

Here's more from Nigeria, South Africa, Eritrea, and Morocco. Represent, represent!

We can't wait to see who will take home the gold! Check here for a list of all the African athletes competing in this year's Winter Olympics.

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Image courtesy of Jay Trigga.

Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

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Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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