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AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 07: Divine Oduduru of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates their team win during the Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on June 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Divine Oduduru Named 'Men's Track Athlete of the Year'

The Nigerian track star is unstoppable.

Nigerian-born track star Divine Oduduru is showing no signs of slowing down.

The 22-year-old student athlete who attends Texas Tech University, has been named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the US Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He is the co-winner alongside Grant Holloway from the University of Florida.


The news comes after the athlete announced his plans to pursue a professional career last week, which means he won't be completing his senior year at Texas Tech. "It's a tough one," said the athlete of his decision to turn pro. "This is my family. This has been my home. And you deciding to leave your home and go see the world, it's a difficult one, but sometimes it's the choice you have to make. I talked about it and we have a discussion with the coaches and everything, and they were like, 'It's time for you to go.' "

The athlete has certainly earned the title of Men's Track Athlete of the Year, considering all he's accomplished so far in his short career. He became the second fastest African athlete ever, just after Olusoji Fasuba, when he ran the 100m in just 9.86 seconds, and he's already booked for the 2020 Olympics, as Konbini notes.

In May, he broke the 100m record at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, making him the first-ever athlete from the Big 12 Conference to be named Men's Track Athlete of the Year. Major Congrats to Oduduru.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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