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JEMIMA SUMGONG

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Jemima Sumgong is a Kenyan long distance runner who has made impressive timing during her career. Most notably, she’s a 2016 Olympic marathon champion. She’s also the first female Kenyan winner since the women’s marathon was introduced at the Olympics in 1984.




Sumgong won the very first marathon she entered in Las Vegas in 2006, and has won many competitions since then. Sumgong has clinched first place in races all over the world in such cities as Rotterdam and London. This year, Sumgong will participate in the London marathon to defend her title! We’ll be rooting for her.



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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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