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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.

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Beyoncé's 'The Lion King: The Gift' Album has Just Dropped

After giving us an incredible sneak preview with 'Spirit', all 13 tracks are now available to stream.

The wait is finally over. The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé's "love letter to Africa", is now available to stream. The album features a plethora of African talent including the likes of Tiwa Savage, Shatta Wale, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Tekno, Yemi Alade and several other artists.

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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

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