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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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We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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