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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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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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