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Curling: Another Sub-Zero Sport Hopes to Thrive In Africa

We speak to the founders of Nigeria's curling team, Broomzilla, to learn how the winter sport is slowly gaining a foothold on the continent, despite the unlikely climate.

During winter in 2017, Sheila Daniel, a sixth grade pupil at St. Michael, Paderborn in Germany persuaded her Nigerian parents to attend a curling tournament where she and her friends were representing the school. It took a four-hour drive from their Paderborn base to Berlin, the country's capital, to witness Sheila lead her team to a medal.

"So I told my dad to bring [curling] to Nigeria and he spoke with my mom and they actually thought it would be a good idea," Sheila, now 16, told OkayAfrica.

Damola Daniel, her father was completely sold, seeing "his baby" play, and had started to consider fulfilling her request, however uphill it looked.

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