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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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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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