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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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