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2016 Rio Paralympics: African countries take home 99 medals





Tunisia’s Gold Medalist Raoua Tlili

The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games are over and 13 African countries accumulated a total of 99 Olympian medals (36 Gold, 32 Silver and 31 Bronze), taking all 3 medals in 5 Athletic categories.

Tunisia took home the most medals in total. The country won 19 medals (7 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze). Nigeria took home the most Gold medals (8 total), breaking one world record in the process.

Paralympic Medal Count by African Country


World Record Set

Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike broke women’s powerlifting -61 kg category world record. The standout world record was 133kg and was first broken by Egypt’s Fatma Omar with a 140 kg lift and then bettered by Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike with an outstanding 142 kg lift.

Lucy, who has polio and uses a wheelchair, has competed in five Paralympic Games and has taken a medal home every time, this one making her 3rd Gold medal.

Nigeria's Lucy Ejike sets new world record at the Rio Paralympics

Nigeria’s Lucy Ejike sets new world record at the Rio Paralympics


2016 African Paralympian Medalists

African countries took all 3 medals in 5 events.

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

AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F41TUNISIA: TLILI RaouaTUNISIA: BEN KOELLEB Samar
AthleticsWomen's Discus Throw - F40/41TUNISIA: TLILI RaouaTUNISIA: AMAIMIA Fathia
AthleticsMen's 1500m - T38TUNISIA: SAIDI Abbes
AthleticsMen's 100m - T34TUNISIA: KTILA Walid
AthleticsWomen's Club Throw - F31/32TUNISIA: BRAHMI MarouaALGERIA: GASMI Mounia
AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F32TUNISIA: BRAHMI Maroua
AthleticsWomen's 1500m - T12/13TUNISIA: BOUSAID SomayaTUNISIA: CHOUAYA Najah
Cycling RoadMen's Road Race H5SOUTH AFRICA: VAN DYK Ernst
SwimmingMen's 100m Breaststroke - SB9SOUTH AFRICA: PAUL Kevin
AthleticsMen's Long Jump - T12SOUTH AFRICA: LANGENHOVEN Hilton
AthleticsMen's Javelin Throw - F38SOUTH AFRICA: HAMMAN Reinhardt
AthleticsMen's 100m - T37SOUTH AFRICA: DU TOIT CharlEGYPT: MOHAMED Mostafa FathallaSOUTH AFRICA: VAN DER MERWE Fanie
AthleticsMen's 400m - T37SOUTH AFRICA: DU TOIT CharlALGERIA: HAMDI Sofiane
AthleticsMen's 400m - T38SOUTH AFRICA: BUIS Dyan Neille
AthleticsWomen's Javelin Throw - F53/54NIGERIA: UGWUNWA FloraTUNISIA: AIDI HaniaSOUTH AFRICA: SITU Ntombizanele
PowerliftingWomen's +86 kgNIGERIA: ORJI Josephine
AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F40NIGERIA: ONYE LaurittaTUNISIA: ABDELLI Rima
PowerliftingWomen's -79 kgNIGERIA: OMOLAYO Bose
PowerliftingWomen's -73 kgNIGERIA: NWOSU NdidiEGYPT: ALI Amany
PowerliftingMen's -65 kgNIGERIA: KEHINDE PaulEGYPT: IBRAHIM Shaaban
PowerliftingMen's -54 kgNIGERIA: EZURUIKE Roland
PowerliftingWomen's -61 kgNIGERIA: EJIKE LucyEGYPT: OMAR Fatma
AthleticsMen's 200m - T11NAMIBIA: SHIKONGO Ananias
AthleticsMen's Shot Put - F34MOROCCO: NOUIRI Azeddine
AthleticsMen's Marathon - T11/12MOROCCO: CHENTOUF El Amin
AthleticsMen's 400m - T13MOROCCO: AMGUOUN MohamedNAMIBIA: NAMBALA JohannesALGERIA: HAMOUMOU Mohamed Fouad
AthleticsMen's 5000m - T12/13KENYA: KIRWA HenryMOROCCO: CHENTOUF El AminTUNISIA: ALOUI Bilel
AthleticsMen's 5000m - T11KENYA: KIMANI Samwel MushaiKENYA: BII Wilson
AthleticsMen's 1500m - T11KENYA: KIMANI Samwel Mushai
PowerliftingMen's -59 kgEGYPT: OSMAN Sherif
PowerliftingWomen's -86 kgEGYPT: MAHMOUD Randa
PowerliftingMen's -97 kgEGYPT: ELDIB Mohamed
AthleticsWomen's Discus Throw - F56/57ALGERIA: SAIFI NassimaNIGERIA: IYIAZI Eucharia
AthleticsMen's 1500m - T45/46ALGERIA: NOUIOUA SamirUGANDA: EMONG David
AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F33ALGERIA: BOUDJADAR Asmahan
AthleticsMen's 1500m - T12/13ALGERIA: BAKA AbdellatifETHIOPIA: DEMISSE TamiruKENYA: KIRWA Henry
AthleticsMen's 800m - T33/34TUNISIA: KTILA Walid
AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F54TUNISIA: AIDI HaniaTUNISIA: NAFATI Fadhila
AthleticsMen's 100m - T12SOUTH AFRICA: NTUTU Ndodomzi Jonathan
AthleticsMen's 200m - T42SOUTH AFRICA: MAHLANGU Ntando
AthleticsWomen's 400m - T45/46/47SOUTH AFRICA: LIEBENBERG Anrune
AthleticsMen's 200m - T12SOUTH AFRICA: LANGENHOVEN HiltonMOROCCO: AFRI Mahdi
AthleticsWomen's 100m - T13SOUTH AFRICA: HAYES Ilse
AthleticsWomen's 400m - T13SOUTH AFRICA: HAYES Ilse
PowerliftingWomen's -45 kgNIGERIA: TIJANI Latifat
PowerliftingWomen's -55 kgNIGERIA: OYEMA Esther
AthleticsMen's 100m - T13NAMIBIA: NAMBALA Johannes
AthleticsMen's 400m - T12MOROCCO: AFRI Mahdi
AthleticsWomen's 1500m - T11KENYA: KOECH Nancy Chelangat
AthleticsWomen's Long Jump - T11IVORY COAST: DIASSO Fatimata Brigitte
PowerliftingMen's +107 kgEGYPT: MOSAAD Amr
PowerliftingWomen's -50 kgEGYPT: AHMED Rehab
PowerliftingMen's -107 kgEGYPT: AHMED Mohamed
AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F56/57ALGERIA: SAIFI NassimaALGERIA: MEDJMEDJ Nadia
AthleticsMen's Shot Put - F33ALGERIA: KARDJENA Kamel
AthleticsMen's 100m - T51ALGERIA: BERRAHAL Mohamed
AthleticsMen's Shot Put - F32ALGERIA: BAHLAZ Lahouari
AthleticsMen's 400m - T54TUNISIA: GHARBI Yassine
AthleticsMen's Shot Put - F40TUNISIA: BOUAABID Smaali
AthleticsWomen's 400m - T37TUNISIA: BAHI Neda
AthleticsMen's Shot Put - F42SOUTH AFRICA: PILLAY Tyrone
AthleticsMen's Long Jump - T38SOUTH AFRICA: BUIS Dyan Neille
PowerliftingMen's -72 kgNIGERIA: INNOCENT Nnamdi
AthleticsMen's 100m - T11NAMIBIA: SHIKONGO Ananias
AthleticsMen's 400m - T11NAMIBIA: SHIKONGO Ananias
AthleticsWomen's 400m - T12MOZAMBIQUE: GOVERNO Edmilsa
TriathlonMen - PT2MOROCCO: LAHNA Mohamed
PowerliftingWomen's -67 kgEGYPT: MAHMOUD Amal
Sitting VolleyballMen'sEGYPT
AthleticsMen's 400m - T20CAPE VERDE: BARBOSA Gracelino Tavares
AthleticsWomen's Javelin Throw - F55/56ALGERIA: MEDJMEDJ Nadia
AthleticsWomen's Long Jump - T12ALGERIA: HAMRI Lynda
AthleticsMen's 1500m - T37ALGERIA: DJEMAI Madjid
JudoWomen -52 kgALGERIA: ABDELLAOUI Cherine
AthleticsWomen's Shot Put - F56/57

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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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