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Serena Williams Wants to Bring One of the Biggest Professional Tennis Tournaments to Kenya

The tennis star spoke to BBC Sport about her dream of bringing a WTA tournament to the continent for the first time.

Serena Williams is no stranger to shattering barriers, and now she's on to another project that has the potential to break even more. The tennis star wants to bring one of the game's top tournaments to the continent for the first time ever.

In a new interview, Williams spoke to BBC Sport about her dream of bringing the WTA tour—organized by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to Kenya, which she says is "one of her favorite places."


She explained her plan further:

It is something I have thought about and I would like to keep thinking about it. I'm glad you brought it up because I think it would be amazing. It would be so fun - the help that we could do, and the awareness and the athletes and the amazing players that would come out of Africa would just be unbelievable."

If there is anyone who can make this happen, it's Serena.

The 23-time grand slam winner is also on a mission to bring awareness to the complications that black women in the United States face during childbirth. The athlete, suffered a pulmonary embolism after giving birth to her first child via c-section.

"Because of what I went through, it would be really difficult if I didn't have the healthcare that I have - and to imagine all the other women that do go through that without the same healthcare, without the same response, it's upsetting," she told the BBC.

"It may be time for women to be comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations," she continued.

The athlete is preparing to return to the upcoming WTA tournament, just six months after giving birth. What can't this woman do?

Watch the full interview now, via BBC Africa.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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