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Africans Wow at The London Marathon

Greetings from London where a record 40,000 runners took part in this year’s London Marathon and our Kenyan counterparts gave an impressive performance winning both the women’s and men’s race. The race was an African affair in terms of winning with Kenyans and Ethiopians taking the top spots. We say a hearty congratulations to our fellow brothers and sisters from the continent.

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Defying racism: Afro-Austro Alaba makes his mark

England, France and Belgium have a much longer history of selecting black footballers in their national teams due to a longer historical association with people of African ancestry. But with increased rate of immigration and transnational marriage, the world has become a global village over the years. Because of that, a lot more European countries now have players of colour in their national teams. Any interesting case is Vienna-born David Alaba, a rare breed of a national player for a country with a problem with racism.

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14 years later, Flower and Olonga’s voice echoes on

It might not be the most famous political statement made on the sports field, like the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. But when Zimbabwean cricket players Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore black armbands at the 2003 Cricket World Cup to “mourn the death of democracy” in their country, they wrote their own unique piece of history and showed love to a country that has continued to sink deeper into crisis and recession.