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Seun Adigun Is the First African Athlete to Compete In Both the Winter & Summer Olympics

The Nigerian athlete has made history once again.

Captain of the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team, Seun Adigun is the first African athlete ever to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed.

This isn't the first time 31-year-old Adigun has made Olympic history either. Her and her teammates Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere were the first Africans to compete in the women's bobsledding tournament at the Winter Olympics.

"This is a real-life example of what it means to represent African excellence and a true testament to the fact that impossible is nothing," said Adigun upon learning of her accomplishment. "This milestone is truly a blessing."


Adigun and her teammates made waves in the sports world back in 2016 when they announced their plans to bring an African team to the Winter Olympic's bobsled competition. They gained a number of international fans and supporters in the process.

For more on Adigun's journey to the Olympics, revisit our 2016 interview with the Nigerian women's bobseld team, where they discuss building a new bobsled federation from the ground up.

Congrats to Adigun on her accomplishment!

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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