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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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