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Nigeria is the First African Team Ever to Win a Match at the World Curling Championship

The Nigerian team beat France 8-5 in the mixed doubles to give Nigeria its historic win.

Tijani and Susana Cole are absolute couple goals. The husband-wife duo picked up curling as a sport about three years ago and have now made history as the first African team to win a match at the 2019 World Curling Championship being held in Stavanger, Norway this year.

Although they lost 20-0 to the Czech Republic earlier on in the tournament, the couple stepped up their game and came back even stronger.


For those who may never have heard of curling, the sport is played on ice and involves using brooms to slide stones towards a target area which is divided into four concentric circles. Think of it as being similar to shuffleboard.

As soon as Nigeria's game with France came to an end, the Coles shook their opponents' hands and started celebrating. Fans within the Sormarka Arena erupted into deafening applause and were even joined by some of the other curlers.

After having been inspired by watching the Olympic sport, the couple was ecstatic to have bagged a "first" for not only Nigeria, but the entire African continent.

Speaking to CBC Sports, Susana explained how she was glad that all their hard work had finally paid off.

Tijani echoed his wife's comment and added that:

"Watching it on the Olympics over the years was motivating for me and my wife. We're both athletes and competitors. What a great dream to share this with your best friend, my wife. You go through so many trials and tribulations. It's been a long journey."

The couple, who live in Denver, have family in the Nigerian city of Onitsha and were thrilled at the opportunity to take up their favorite sport on a world stage.

Those on social media have been congratulating the couple.





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The 11 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Davido, Tekno, Little Simz, Mr Eazi, Wizkid and more.

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in May.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Ibraah, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Here is our selection of the best East African songs of May. These are the tracks shaking up the region right now.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The 11 Best Caribbean Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Konshens x Afro B, Mr. Vegas, Stylo G, Sean Paul and more.

Back in the vinyl era, it was said that Jamaica produced more records per capita than any other nation in the world. In 2020, dancehall artists seem determined to uphold that reputation for prolific musicality, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Undoubtedly, Jamaican artists are driving Caribbean music at the moment, a dominance only partly explained by the recent proliferation of home studio setups and desktop production in dancehall (making it easier to keep the musical vibes flowing without touching road). It also has to do with simple timing, as music production and release calendars elsewhere in the Caribbean are often focused on the yearly crescendo of Carnival.

Trinidad, of course, pulled off a massive turnout at the end of February, just before recording their first confirmed case of COVID-19. But if Trini soca artists have already put in their work for 2020, many other West Indian Carnivals were or presumably will be cancelled. It remains to be seen whether scenes and styles associated with the big summer Carnivals (St. Lucian dennery, Bajan crop over and Grenadian jab-jab, to name a few) will take the risk of allowing large gatherings or attempt to recreate the festival experience virtually in an effort to support ongoing quarantine initiatives.

It's a strange new world...but we can all be thankful it still has room for a good old fashioned soundclash now and then. In that spirit, get all the Caribbean heat for this May below.

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