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CHIWETEL EJIOFOR WINS BAFTAS AWARD
British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor beat Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to win the Leading Actor award at the 2014 EE British Film Academy Film Awards, BAFTAS, on February 16.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked Steve McQueen, director of '12 years A Slave,' the cast of the movie especially Michael Fassbender, his mom, and his late dad, the Enugu state government went ahead to congratulate "our brother".
Ejiofor was born in London to Nigerian parents. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.
Ejiofor's father died in 1988, when the actor was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding. Both were on their way to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry and Ejiofor's father was killed.
AFRICANS IN SOCHI 2014 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
*Mathilde Amivi Petitjean
Zimbabwe’s flag bearer at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was Luke Steyn. He competed in Alpine skiing.
Luke was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and moved to Switzerland at age two.
He was awarded an Olympic scholarship by the International Olympic Committee [IOC] for the period of June 2013 to February 2014.
The scholarship is designed to provide financial and technical aid, in order to help elite athletes qualify for major events.
Morocco’s flag bearers at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi were Adam Lamhamedi and Kenza Taz, Adam be competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Alpine skiing.
He was born in Quebec to a Moroccan father and a Canadian mother, and has dual citizenship in both countries. His father, a university professor, moved to Canada several years before his birth. The family still keeps a home in Morocco. Adam grew up in Canada went through the Skibec alpine system.
He began skiing with the Skibec alpine ski club in Stoneham, QC, Canada as a young boy. His gold medal in the super G event at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria was the first ever gold medal won by an African nation at an Olympic event.
Kenza Taz began skiing at age three, and joined her first ski club at age 12. Her parents took her on skiing holidays when she was younger and each year her passion for the sport grew. Born in Boston USA, her family moved from London, England to the French Alps in 2007, she was able to begin skiing competitively. She took 24th place at the Giant Slalom, 2012/2013, in Cerro Castor.
Two foreign-based Togolese athletes represented Togo at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. The athletes are Mathilde Amivi Petitjean (skiing) and Alessia Dipol (slalom).
Amivi Mathilde Petitjean, was ranked 68th at the ten km ladies-classic cross country skiing at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
The Togolese made the journey in 37 minutes and 27 seconds only 9 minutes away from Justyna Kowalczyk who was the first in the race with a time of 28 minutes 17 seconds.
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