Sports

15 African Olympians You Should Be Following on Social Media

To mark the start of the Olympics, here are 15 African athletes you should keep an eye on during the games.


1. Team Côte d'Ivoire: Murielle Ahouré, Track & Field

On the off chance Ahouré isn’t training for the 100m, she’s posing in front of the camera. The Ivorian beauty is artist as she is athlete.

Instagram: @Murielleahoure

African print #vlisco #team225 #home

A photo posted by Murielle Ahouré (@murielleahoure) on

2. Team Nigeria: Seye Ogunlewe, Track & Field

Dubbed as “Nigeria’s fastest man,” Ogunlewe social media gives you an inside look into the life of the athlete.

Instagram: @Ogunlewe_seye

Twitter: @Seyeogunlewe

TMO 2015

A photo posted by seye ogunlewe (@ogunlewe_seye) on

3. Team South Africa: Seabelo Senatla, Rugby

A winger for the South African national Rugby team, catch Seabelo’s first match Aug. 9th against Spain.

Twitter: @Seabelo_Senatla

Instagram: @Seabelo_senatla

after reading Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God"

A photo posted by Seabelo Senatla (@seabelo_senatla) on

4. Team Jamaica: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Track & Field

The world renowned runner has made a name for herself internationally when in 2008 she became the first Caribbean woman to win gold in the 100m at the Olympics. All eyes are on Fraser again.

Instagram: @Realshellyannfp

Twitter: @Realshellyannfp

PRYCELESS•>>JOURNEY!! ✨

A photo posted by SFP3 (@realshellyannfp) on

5. Team Ghana: Sean Safo-Antwi, Track and Field

Marking his entrance to his first Olympics, Ghana’s Sean Safo-Antwi petitioned to be transferred from representing Great Britain to represent his home country.

Twitter: @SeanSafo

Instagram: @Seansafo

6. Team Tunisia: Wael Jallouz, Handball

A veteran to the Olympics having made his debut at London’s 2012 games, Jallouz hopes to bring home a medal for Tunisia in handball. Earlier this year, the Tunisian won the European Handball Championship league playing for FC Barcelona.

Instagram: @waeljallouz_42

#summer #klébia #tunisia??

A photo posted by Wael Jallouz (@waeljallouz_42) on

 

7. Team Senegal: Amy Sène, Track and Field

The African record holder in the hammer throw, on Sène’s off time she slays the internet.

Instagram: @Amy_sene

Twitter: @Amyyse

8. Team USA: Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing

The first athlete to represent that United States in a hijab, Ibtihaj’s Olympic run is one to watch. Lucky for us, Ibtihaj takes pictures along the way.

Instagram: @ibtihajmuhammad

Twitter: @IbtihajMuhammad

Snapchat: ibtihajjj

9. Team Ethiopia: Tirunesh Dibaba, Track & Field

Tirunesh is the current World and Olympic 10,000 metres champion. She will be joined by her sister Genzebe Dibaba, the current world record holder for the 1500m.The stunning sisters are recognized names internationally, track power houses and players to watch this Olympic games.

Facebook: Tirunesh Dibaba

Twitter: @Tirudibaba

10. Team: Zimbabwe: Gabriel Mvumvure, Track & Field

A sprinter, Mvumvure has represented his country at five world championships. Watch as Mvumvure trains and gears to compete in the men’s 100m.

Twitter: @GabrielMvumvure

Instagram: @Gabrielmvumvure

11. Team Ghana: Gemma Acheampong, Track & Field

Running as part of Ghana’s 4x100 Relay team, Ghanaian-American Gemma is also a Multimedia Storyteller and Social Media strategist. You can follow her blog Actively Gemma here.

Instagram: @Fearthefall

Twitter:@FeartheFall

Snapchat: @fearthefall

12. Team USA: Simone Biles, Gymnastics

A three-time world champion, 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Mary Lou Retton has said Biles is the top gymnast in history.

Instagram: @SimoneBiles

Twitter: @simone_biles

13. Team Botswana: Nijel Amos, Track & Field

Amos won Botswana’s first ever Olympic medal, when he won Silver in the 800 meters in the 2012 London Summer Games and hopes to medal again four years later.

Instagram: @Nijel_zoro_amos

Twitter: @Amosnijel

It's not how good you are,it's how good you want to be..•#GODFIRST.#AMOS.#ZOEYS DAD.•#ROAD2RIO.•#NAF.•#NIKE

A photo posted by Nijel Zoro Amos (@nijel_zoro_amos) on

14. Team Equatorial Guinea: Reïna-Flor Okori, Track & Field

Reïna-Flor Okori, a hurdler for Equatorial Guinea gives you an inside look into her fitness journey and regimen to the Olympic games.

Instagram: @Reinaflorokori

Facebook: @Reinaflor.okori

il fait beau! enfin!

A photo posted by Reinedesfleurs (@reinaflorokori) on

15. Team Jamaica: Usain Bolt, Track & Field

No list would be complete without a cameo by the world’s fastest in the world. Bolt will play his luck as he hopes to snag gold in the 100m, and 200m and 4x100 relay.

Instagram: @UsainBolt

Twitter: @UsainBolt

Snapchat: ugoboss1919

Great feeling to be back on the track #TeamBolt #MissionRio

A photo posted by Usain St.Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) on

Audio
(Youtube)

The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Willy Paul, Diamond Platnumz, Fik Fameica, Ali Kiba, Zuchu and more.

These are the hottest tracks from East Africa released in the month of September.

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

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Mali Announces New Interim Prime Minister Following Ongoing Protests

Mali has announced former Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as the country's new interim Prime Minister.