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This Athlete Will Be the First Ghanaian Skeleton Racer to Compete at the Winter Olympics

Ghanaian athlete Akwasi Frimpong just made Winter Olympics history.

Africans are taking over the Winter Olympics, and we couldn't be more ecstatic to see them out here flourishing.

After winning his last qualifying race, Ghanian sportsman Akwasi Frimpong, will be the first athlete to represent his country in the Winter Olympics skeleton competition. This news comes just after Nigerian athlete Simidele Adeagbo became the first African woman to qualify for the same sport last week. Nigeria's women's bobsled team has also made Winter Olympic history as they'll be the first African team to compete in that sport in the upcoming games.

Can you say, Black excellence? I'm sure you can.


Frimpong is not new to winter sports, the Dutch national was previously a member of the Dutch national bobsled team and competed in the Bobsled World Cup in 2013. He made his professional skeleton debut in the IBSF World Championship in Germany last year, after making the move to the sport, reports Konbini.

The athlete helped found the Ghana Confederation of Bobsledding and Skeleton Racing to help promote participation in both sports in his home country.

He spoke to Pulse Ghana last month about why he decided to pursue winter sports rather than a more common game, like football perhaps.

"Through skeleton I'm trying to show people to come out of their comfort zone as much as possible and get into something different. We cannot all be Abedi Pele, we cannot all be Usain Bolt, but we all have talent that we can definitely use."

Frimpong will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month. We'll certainly be rooting for him, and for everybody African for that matter!

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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Comedian Munya Chawawa Signs Major Deal with Atlantic Records

Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian Munya Chawawa, known for his hilarious online skits, has recently signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records.

Comedian Munya Chawawa has recently announced that he has signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records UK, this according to Greedy South. Chawawa's humorous sketches continue to land him a number of prominent deals. Unknown P, one of Chawawa's funny personalities, is the winning man who secured the deal with Atlantic Records for his humourous "drill rap". The news follows Chawawa's Netflix deal after exquisitely parodying BBC news reader, Barty Crease. The Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian took to Twitter to announce the news.

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Burkina Faso Commences Presidential Elections Despite Jihadist Attacks

Burkina Faso has gone ahead with the country's scheduled presidential elections despite continued attacks from Jihadist groups.

According to EWN, Burkina Faso went ahead with planned elections this past Sunday despite Jihadist threats which resulted in more than a fifth of the country not being able to vote. Additionally, opposition parties have been adamant about unseating current President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. According to Business Day news, Burkina Faso has been facing an unprecedented increase in Al-Qaeda related attacks which have destablised the country.

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