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Nigeria Will Be the First African Country To Compete at the World Curling Championships

The Nigeria Curling Federation has hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Nigeria is set to make their mark in competitive winter sports again—this time in the curling world—by becoming the first African nation to compete in their country's colors at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, Konbini reports.


This will be Nigeria's debut at the Games, which will be held from April 20 to 27 in Stavanger, Norway.

T.J. Cole and Susana Cole of the Nigeria Curling Federation will be in Group C of the Games, competing against Australia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy and Wales, according to the World Curling Federation.

The Coles are currently training in a top-notch curling facility in Denver, Colorado, with hopes that their ranking in this upcoming competition will land them a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

"Team Nigeria is excited, passionate, and in high spirits," Daniel Damola, Nigeria Curling Federation president says to Vanguard Nigeria. "They are asking the country to pray for them."

This first is another example of the limitless pursuit of African athletes in winter sports. Revisit the stories of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi OnwumereNigeria and Africa's first bobsled team, Akwasi FrimpongGhana's first skeleton athlete as well as Simidele AdeagboNigeria's first female skeleton athlete.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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