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Ayomide Bello Is the First Nigerian to Win Gold At an International Water Sports Event

She's headed to the Olympics next.

Another day, another Nigerian making serious waves in the sports world.

Last Sunday, canoeist Ayomide Bello did just that when she made history by becoming the first Nigerian to win the top prize at an international water sports competition.

The athlete took home gold at the Open International Canoe Sprint Competition in India, coming in first place in the final of the 200 meters event, as Konbini notes.


This is the first time a Nigerian has won gold in a competition since the establishment of the Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation (NRCSF).

According to Nigerian Sports publication Brila, The athlete also won bronze in the "individual event (C1 500m), and two more in the C2 500m and C2 200m team events, with her partner Blessing Amusar." Their success means that Team Nigeria left the competition with a total of four medals.

Both athletes competed in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, as highlighted in this BBC Pidgin report.

"The federation is proud of the achievement of the athletes in India and we hope they will do more in other international engagement," Secretary of the NRCSF, Bunmi Oluode told the News Agency of Nigeria according to The Sun.

Next, the athlete will head to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where we hope to see her shine once again.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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