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2016 Rio Olympics: How did African countries perform?




The 2016 Olympic Games are over, Africa is digesting its display in Rio with 11 African countries taking home a total of 45 Olympian medals (10 Gold, 18 Silver and 17 Bronze). The continent won 13 more medals than they did in the 2012 London Olympics however, fewer gold medals were won in Rio.

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Which African countries produced Olympians this year?

Of the 54 African nations represented at the Rio Olympics, 11 won at least one medal.

Kenya’s David Lekuta Rudisha celebrates after winning the Men’s 800m Final during the 2016 Rio Olympics athletics competition

Kenya topped the medals table for the continent with 13 total medals, 6 of which were gold. The country dominated the Athletics category on the continent.


2016 African Olympian Medalists

There were 1017 athletes representing 54 African nations. Records were broken, history was made, legends confirmed and superstars born.

South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk wins gold and sets new Olympic World Record

In athletics, Africa made history by breaking two world records. South Africa’s Wayde van Niekirk broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old men’s 400m record and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed Wang Junxia’s 1993 women’s 10,000m record by 14 seconds, clocking 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana sets new world record at the Rio Olympics

  • African countries took all 3 medals in 3 events.
    • In Women’s 10000m Ethiopia won the Gold and Bronze and Kenya won the Silver.
    • In Women’s 5000m Kenya won the Gold and Silver and Ethiopia won the Bronze.
    • In Women’s 800m South Africa won the Gold, Burundi the Silver and Kenya the Bronze.

Below is a list of all the African athletes that won medals in Rio.

ATHLETICSMen's 10,000mKENYA: Paul Kipngetich TanuiETHIOPIA: Tamirat Tola
ATHLETICSMen's 1500mALGERIA: Taoufik Makhloufi
ATHLETICSMen's 3000m SteeplechaseKENYA: Conseslus Kipruto
ATHLETICSMen's 400mSOUTH AFRICA: Wayde Van Niekerk
ATHLETICSMen's 400m HurdlesKENYA: Boniface Mucheru Tumuti
ATHLETICSMen's 5000mETHIOPIA: Hagos Gebrhiwet
ATHLETICSMen's 800mKENYA: David Lekuta RudishaALGERIA: Taoufik Makhloufi
ATHLETICSMen's Javelin ThrowKENYA: Julius Yego
ATHLETICSMen's Long JumpSOUTH AFRICA: Luvo Manyonga
ATHLETICSMen's MarathonKENYA: Eliud KipchogeETHIOPIA: Feyisa Lilesa
ATHLETICSWomen's 10,000mETHIOPIA: Almaz AyanaKENYA: Vivian Jepkemoi CheruiyotETHIOPIA: Tirunesh Dibaba
ATHLETICSWomen's 1500mKENYA: Faith Chepngetich KipyegonETHIOPIA: Genzebe Dibaba
ATHLETICSWomen's 3000m SteeplechaseKENYA: Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi
ATHLETICSWomen's 5000mKENYA: Vivian Jepkemoi CheruiyotKENYA: Hellen Onsando ObiriETHIOPIA: Almaz Ayana
ATHLETICSWomen's 800mSOUTH AFRICA: Caster SemenyaBURUNDI: Francine NiyonsabaKENYA: Margaret Nyairera Wambui
ATHLETICSWomen's Javelin ThrowSOUTH AFRICA: Sunette Viljoen
ATHLETICSWomen's MarathonKENYA: Jemima Jelagat SumgongETHIOPIA: Mare Dibaba
BOXINGMen's Welter (69kg)MOROCCO: Mohammed Rabii
FENCINGWomen's Foil IndividualTUNISIA: Ines Boubakri
ROWINGMen's PairSOUTH AFRICA: Keeling / Brittain
SWIMMINGMen's 100m BreaststrokeSOUTH AFRICA: Cameron Van Der Burgh
SWIMMINGMen's 100m ButterflySOUTH AFRICA: Chad Guy Bertrand Le Clos
SWIMMINGMen's 200m FreestyleSOUTH AFRICA: Chad Guy Bertrand Le Clos
TAEKWONDOMen -80kgIVORY COAST: Cheick Sallah Junior CisseTUNISIA: Oussama Oueslati
TAEKWONDOMen +80kgNIGER: Abdoulrazak Issoufou Alfaga
TAEKWONDOWomen -57kgEGYPT: Hedaya Wahba
TAEKWONDOWomen -67kgIVORY COAST: Ruth Marie Christelle Gbagbi
WEIGHTLIFTINGMen's 77kgEGYPT: Mohamed Mahmoud
WEIGHTLIFTINGWomen's 69kgEGYPT: Sara Ahmed
WRESTLINGWomen's Freestyle 58 kgTUNISIA: Marwa Amri

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Netflix Will Release It’s First African Original Series in 2019 Starring This African Actress



South African Actress Pearl Thusi

Netflix has ordered its first African original series, “Queen Sono,” a drama about a secret agent who fights crime while dealing with crises in her personal life. The series will launch globally in 2019.

“Queen Sono” stars veteran South African actress Pearl Thusi, who tweeted in an emotional video that she “cannot wait for…every woman on this continent, and actually on this planet, to meet Queen Sono.” Of the deal with Netflix, she added: “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent.”

ALSO READ: 5 Must Watch African Centered Movies Streaming on Netflix (January 2019)

The announcement came last month, barely a week after Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international originals, told a gathering in London that the company would begin commissioning original series in Africa starting in 2019.

Speaking about “Queen Sono” with South Africa’s Independent Online, Barmack said: “Taking talent like this and telling stories to the rest of the world puts Pearl in the same category as other strong female characters like Claire Underwood in ‘House of Cards’ and Jessica Jones.”

He added: “Over time, our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we’re moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content.”

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5 Must Watch African Centered Movies Streaming on Netflix (January 2019)



We are tickled with excitement as more and more African stories make their way into streaming giant platforms like Netflix. As African stories are told by Africans, the world can take a sneak peak into our diversity.

ALSO READ:10 African Movies Streaming On Netflix (September 2016)

So with that said, let’s get right into it. Here is my short list of movies that you should check out this month. My picks are from 2017/2018 releases only, however, there are many more exciting movies from prior years that have been added to Netflix’s growing African Movie genre. I want to know what you think and if there are other notable mentions that I missed, please let me know. 

#1 – Lionheart: Released 2018 (Watch It Here)

This is Nollywood’s first ever Netflix original … AND it is really a BIG deal for the industry; Certainly one to watch. It is a refreshing story and worth making an evening of it.

  • Directed By: Genevieve Nnaji
  • Starring: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie

Lionheart Synopsis

In order to save her father’s ailing bus company, competent but perennially overlooked Adaeze must find a way to work alongside feckless uncle Godswill, in the sharp and comically observed directorial debut from Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji. 

Determined to fight her way to the top, but not wanting to go against her father’s wishes, Adaeze feels like the proverbial bus has left the station without her. She must quickly shift gears, however, when she and Godswill discover that Lionheart is running on fumes, financially. Together, the unlikely duo must come together to save the company and their family name. Sharply and comically observed, Nnaji’s film deals with the everyday sexism that saturates workplaces everywhere, and captures the delicate balance between honoring one’s family while finding the courage to strike out on one’s own.

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#2 – Sarah’s Notebook: Released 2018 (Watch It Here)

This is one of those impactful social dramas that will awaken the western conscience. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles and takes you on a journey into the darkest sides of human nature.

  • Directed By: Norberto Lopez Amado
  • Starring: Belén Rueda, Marian Álvarez, Iván Mendes

Sarah’s Notebook Synopsis

Laura has been looking for years for her sister Sarah, who disappeared in the middle of the Congo jungle. Neither the NGO for which she worked nor the Embassy had news of her whereabouts… until a photo of a mining town in Eastern Congo appears with the blurred image of Sara. Without hesitation, Laura travels to Kinshasa ready to enter the territory of the warlords, leaving behind the differences that separated her from her sister.

She goes through an unsuspecting journey that reveals and reveals disturbing, violent and hidden backrooms of some great Western powers operating in Africa.

#3 – Catching Feelings: Released 2017 (Watch It Here)

This South African movie captures a South African couple’s relationship and life. It is a captivating ‘dramedy’ as someone put it certainly makes our list. What I like about this movie is that it takes you into what contemporary South African life could look like.

  • Directed By: Kagiso Lediga
  • Starring: Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Andrew Buckland

Catching Feelings Synopsis

Catching Feelings is a dark romantic comedy which follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.

#4 – He Even Has Your Eyes: Released 2017 (Watch It Here)

This subtitled French movie uses humor to explore the racial, cultural and social challenges that come with interracial adoption. Thing is people have gotten ‘almost’ comfortable with the idea that white parents can adopt black children even though I suspect there are still raised eyebrows and challenges as these parents go about their business of raising their child. What is rarer to find are black African parents adopting white children and that is the backdrop of this movie which explores this topic with comedy while tackling very legitimate challenges and issues along the way.

  • Director: Lucien Jean-Baptiste
  • Stars: Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Aïssa Maïga, Zabou Breitman

He Even Has Your Eyes Synopsis

In their mid-thirties, Paul and Sali, a Parisian couple of Caribbean and West African origin, are happily married and the proud new owners of a flower shop. The only cloud on their horizon is the long wait to adopt a child. Just when the couple has given up hope, the adoption agency calls with good news. The couple’s new baby boy is six months old, his name is Benjamin, he’s beautiful, he has lovely blue eyes…and he’s white. Director and star Lucien Jean-Baptiste explores what race and ethnicity mean when it comes to being a family; where love is concerned, do they mean anything at all?

#5 – Black Panther: Released 2018 (Watch It Here)

I want to believe that every one of our readers has watched this movie, but I suspect there are still a few that just didn’t care about all the fuss this movie made when it was released last year. Well I have it here to nudge you a little to check it out. It is now on Netflix so you don’t have to deal with any crowds and you can just immerse yourself in the story in the privacy of your home.

  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Staring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira

Black Panther Synopsis

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

ALSO READ: The Looks That Afronized The Black Panther Hollywood Movie Premiere

What Are Your Favorites This Month?

Just so you know, there are some really good movies out there but for this short list, I didn’t go further than 2017 even though I was itching to. So please share some of your favorite movies.

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Egypt Is Confirmed As Host for The 2019 African Cup Of Nations After Cameroon Loses Its Spot



Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid, by 16 votes to one with one abstention at a CAF executive committee vote in Senegal to become the 2019 hosts of the tournament in Cameroon’s place.

Cameroon team players hold up the winner’s trophy as they celebrate beating Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

ALSO READ: Egypt Lands Top Spot For Where To Invest In Africa

Since stripping Cameroon of this year’s event, Caf has offered the country the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.

Ivory Coast, which was set to host the 2021, has protested against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Guinea’s football federation announced on Monday that it has agreed to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025.

The Cup of Nations will take place from June 15 to July 13 and Egypt is hosting the competition for a fifth time, having also done so in 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Egypt has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.

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