The focus shifts to three African athletes this week on the television magazine programme, CNN African Voices, sponsored by Nigeria’s foremost telecom company, Globacom.
The first among those celebrated in this week’s edition of the programme is Saloni Kantaria, an entrepreneur from Kenya who brings the possibility of high tech fitness to Nairobi residents. Kantaria is an inspiration to his compatriots as he leads them to embrace the culture of physical fitness as a way of stimulating the development of the country’s human capital.
Kantaria is a trained lawyer, a former tennis player and studio instructor. He quit legal practice to establish “Reform Cycling and Strength Studio”, the first indoor boutique cycling and fitness studio in Nairobi.
CNN African Voices celebrates this athlete whose story exemplifies how one woman, through courage, strength and convictions, can make a difference in improving the health of families.
The second person celebrated is Tshepo Nkhabu, from Lesotho. Nkhabu set up a cycling organization called “Hands of Life” at the age of sixteen believing that “giving is the mother of all successes.”
‘Hands of Life’ has given youths a positive outlet to express their talents and leadership skills under a conducive atmosphere. His journey to greatness commenced when he recognized that the young people in his local community of Mafeteng had no recreational centre to resort to after school to grow, learn, and develop their leadership skills.
His passion for cycling and sports from an early age culminated in the life-changing impact of the organization on youths which made the United States Peace Corps collaborate with the organization to employ cycling and camping to the teaching of essential life skills and HIV prevention in a country with the world’s second highest prevalence of HIV.
Then, from Sal in Cape Verde, Mitu Monteiro is the second in the spotlight. Born Oteniel Jorge Monteiro, Mitu is a professional kite surfer from a humble background. He lacked the requisite funds to buy kites with straps, leading him to improvise. This was how he pioneered strapless surfing.
Mitu surfs one of the most legendary waves in the world named Teapuhoo which is located in Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia in the South Pacific archipelago. He has, through the sport, launched his community on the world map.
In a press statement from its head office in Lagos, Globacom announced that it was proud of the athletes showcased on the programme this week, describing their feats in their chosen fields as truly outstanding and inspirational. The company called on African youths to emulate the passions of the athletes.
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