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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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Uganda Has Lost Millions of Internet Users as a Result of Its Controversial Social Media Tax

The infamous tax is effectually driving Ugandans off the internet.

The number of internet users in Uganda has declined significantly since the implementation of the highly-criticized tax on social media, which went into effect in July of last year.

While the government claimed that the tax would assist in raising government revenue and help "maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," said Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the time. President Museveni also suggested that the tax would help "curb gossip" online.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre

We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

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