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Posted by Oonah on July 27, 2012

So, it’s just a couple of days to the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic games and most people around the world are watching the events leading up to the beginning of the games.

I had written a different blog about the British Olympic uniforms which were designed by Stella McCartney and I noticed that two of the British Olympic team had distinctively African names: Phillips Idowu and Christine Ohuruogu. That got me thinking and so I decided to check out the entire British Olympics team and highlight all the sports men and women who had distinctively African names. The focus on the nature of the names seems more expedient, as opposed to highlighting sports men and women of color (seeing as they might be from the Caribbean or even South America).
Much to my surprise (a pleasant one), there are quite a number of them in the British team, which leads me to also check out other teams from other countries. This will be the first installment related to this blog topic.
The aim of this blog entry to highlight these men and women and the fact that they have been able to get to this highly coveted point in their careers as sports men and women. They have worked extremely hard and deserve to be honored, regardless of the actual outcome of their endeavors during the actual games.
Here they are listed below with their african roots in brackets:


CHRISTINE OHURUOGU – 400M, 4 x 400M, RUNNER (Nigeria)



JAMES DASAOLU – 100M, 4 x 400M, RUNNER (Nigeria)



PHILLIPS IDOWU – TRIPLE JUMPER (Nigeria)



LAWRENCE OKOYE – DISCUS (Nigeria)



MO FARAH – 5000M, 10,000M, RUNNER (Somalia)



ABI OYEPITAN – 100M, 200M, RUNNER (Nigeria)



MARGARET ADEOYE – 200M, RUNNER (Nigeria)



ANYIKA ONUORA – 100M, 200M, RUNNER (Nigeria)



MARILYN OKORO – 4 x 400M, RUNNER (Nigeria)



POPS MENSAH-BONSU – BASKETBALL (Ghana)



ERIC BOATENG – BASKETBALL (Ghana)



TEMI FAGBENLE – BASKETBALL (Nigeria)



ANITA ASANTE – FOOTBALL (Ghana)



IFEOMA DIEKE – FOOTBALL (Nigeria)



ENIOLA ALUKO – FOOTBALL (Nigeria)



LUTALO MUHAMMAD – TAEKWONDO



PETER BAKARE – VOLLEYBALL (Nigeria)



DAMI BAKARE - VOLLEYBALL (Nigeria)



ABDUL BUHARI – DISCUS (Nigeria)



Be on the lookout for other Diaspora-African sports men and women who are representing their countries , enjoy the Olympics everyone!!!
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