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This Snowboarder Wants To Represent Uganda at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Brolin Mawejje wants to be the first Ugandan snowboarder to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

As Nigeria eyes to compete in bobsledding at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, this Ugandan wants to represent his country and the continent with snowboarding.


Brolin Mawejje, 24, left Uganda at the age of 12 to Lincoln, Massachusetts to find his estranged mother. Once he hit 15—he picked up the snowboard to build confidence and to discover his identity on his own terms.

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mawejje plans on putting his medical school plans on hold to follow his dream of being the first to represent Uganda at the Winter Olympics in 2018.

"My motivation, really, is holding the flag at the opening ceremony," Mawejje says in a short documentary by Dew Tour, "So [it] doesn't really go as far as winning, or getting on [the] podium, but picturing myself as an African holding an African flag—it's such an event [that] really pushes me."

Watch the first part of the documentary that follows his journey of making his dream a reality below:

Check out this reel showing how he's progessed with snowboarding from 2011 to 2016:

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Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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