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Here Are All the African Athletes Competing For Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

There are more Africans competing in this year's Winter Olympics than ever before.

The Winter Olympics commence tomorrow, February 9, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where some of the world's top athletes will compete for Olympic gold. This year, a record-setting number of these skilled athletes happen to be African.

African athletes from across the continent have been making waves in their respective sports—many of them becoming the first ever to represent their country in the games. Athletes from Eritrea, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya are among this trailblazing group.

If you want to join us in "rooting for everybody African" during the Winter Olympics, look no further. Below, we list all the African athletes who'll compete in the 2018 games.


Simidele Adeagbo

The Nigerian athlete will be the first woman to represent Nigeria in skeleton racing, just four months after she picked up the sport. OkayAfrica spoke to the athlete last month, and she had this to say about inspiring other Africans to break down barriers: "Why not use all of the gifts that I have to inspire people, so I'm not the first and last? Hopefully, the idea is that this opens doors for future generations of African athletes."

Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean

Petitjean is just 23 and she's already competing in her second Olympic games. The Togolese cross country skier will compete in the Pyeongchang games, after making her Olympic debut at the 2014 games in Russia.

Sabrina Simader


This 19-year-old athlete will be the first Kenyan to compete in alpine skiing. The athlete has been hitting the slopes since the age of three, growing up in Austria where she was the only black girl. "At the beginning it was hard, they were always watching me," said the athlete. "They were really shocked that a black girl can ski like this."

Now they'll all be watching her do her thing on national TV! Talk about full circle.

Mialitiana Clerc

This alpine skier from Madagascar will be the first woman to compete for her country in this year's games. Another history-maker to add to the already extensive list.

Shannon-Ogbani Abeda

Abeda is Eritrea's first Winter Olympian. The 21-year-old will represent his country in alpine skiing.

Akwasi Frimpong

Frimpong will make history as the first Ghanian to compete in Olympic skeleton racing. The athlete wants to encourage other Africans to try unconventional sports. "Through skeleton I'm trying to show people to come out of their comfort zone as much as possible and get into something different," he told Pulse Ghana. We cannot all be Abedi Pele, we cannot all be Usain Bolt, but we all have talent that we can definitely use."

The Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team

The celebrated trio, consisting of Driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga will head to the Olymics after qualifying last year. They'll be the first Africans to compete in the sport during the Olympics. Upon qualifying, Adigun had this to say:

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria. 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."

"Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed."

Adam Lamhamedi

This alpine skier represented Morocco in the 2014 Winter Olympic games and will return to compete for gold this year. Moroccan-French cross country skier, Amir Azzimani, who competed back in 2010 will return for this year's games.

Connor Wilson

Connor Wilson Is the sole athlete representing South African in this year's games.

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Tune into the Winter Olympics from February 9-25 to catch all the action. Check here for more details on the games, and stay tuned for OkayAfrica's live coverage of the opening ceremony.


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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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