Three Nigerian women are about to make history. When the Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month, they will become the first Africans to compete in the sport of bobsled.
“For the athletes, their success has not come easy. All three used to be track and field athletes and pretty much had to learn the new sport. But participating in a sport that many Nigerians have likely never heard of or found interesting was always going to be a difficult sell. That much was clear when the team had to set up a national bobsled federation in December 2016 because, well, Nigeria has never had one.”