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Siya Kolisi of South Africa celebrates victory after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

South African Sports Stars Speak Out Against Racism

Amid ongoing conversations around Black Lives Matter, Siya Kolisi, Makhaya Ntini, Lungi Ngidi and more have spoken about their experiences with racism within South African sport.

The South African sports industry has recently been engrossed in controversy as Black athletes have begun speaking about their personal experiences with racism. The likes of Proteas cricketer Lungi Ngidi and veteran cricketer Makhaya Ntini as well as captain of the Springboks, Siya Kolisi, have all added their voices to the ongoing Black Lives Matter conversation.


Almost two weeks ago, Ngidi came out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and called on his teammates in the Proteas to take a stand against racism saying, "...I definitely think once we get back to playing that it's something we have to address as a team." Ngidi went on to add that, "As a nation as well, we have a past that is also difficult in terms of racial discrimination and things like that. So, definitely, we will be addressing it as a team. It's something we have to take seriously and like the rest of the world is doing, take a stand."

However, the young cricketer was met with backlash from former cricketers Pat Symcox, Rudi Steyn and Boeta Dippenaar who all expressed that the national cricket team could not support Black Lives Matter without acknowledging attacks on white farmers.

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Ntini, a former fast bowler for the Proteas, came out in support of Ngidi and weighed in on the conversation saying that he often felt "lonely" during his cricket days. "I would watch friends calling each other and making plans right in front of me and I would not be invited. I would even see them walk inside the breakfast room and not come sit next to me." Ntini also added that, "We played in the same team and shared the same bus but I always felt alone."

Kolisi has recently added his voice on social media by speaking to some of his own experiences within the rugby space. According to him, his entry into international rugby was one that was exclusionary and not geared towards true transformation of the sport. "I just want to encourage people to step out of their comfort zone, to have those difficult conversations," Kolisi says while adding, "There is no time to be scared or silent. I will no longer keep quiet."

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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