Alem Mumuni of Ghana is a Paralympic cyclist - he took part in the Individual C2 Time Trial races at Brands Hatch on Wed 5th and Thur 6th September (one of two Africans to qualify but didn’t win a medal).
In this BBC interview he discusses the stigma attached to Paralympic athletes from Africa and the negative perceptions of persons with disabilities throughout Africa.
Oumar Basakoulba Kone is Cote D’Ivoire’s most successful Paralympian winning a total of three gold medals: two at the 1996 Atlanta Games in the men’s 400 metres T42-46 and 800 metres T44-46, and at the 2000 Sydney Games in the men’s Men’s 800 metres T46.
Fellow Ivorian athlete Paul Fernand Kra Koffi took home the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics in the men’s 800 metres T12.
Tunisia first participation at the Paralympic Games was at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul. It was represented by a single athlete, Monaam Elabed, who won two bronze medals in athletics.
Tunisians have won a total of 23 gold medals, 22 silver and 9 bronze.
At the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Tunisia won its first ever gold medal(s) at the Paralympics when Wissam Ben Bahri took gold in the high jump, Ali Ghribi in the pentathlon, Fares Hamdi in the long jump, and Maher Bouallegue (pictured) won three gold medals in running - in the 800 m, 1,500 m and 5,000 m races, in the T13 category for partially sighted athletes.
AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Henry Wanyoike of Kenya circles the track with his country’s flag after setting a world record in the Mens 5000m (T11) Final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games for a gold medal while teamate Tangs F. Karanja follows after taking the bronze. (x)
Kenyans have won a total of thirty-six Paralympic medals: fourteen gold, thirteen silver and nine bronze. All but one (a gold medal in the men’s 25m freestyle swimming at the 1972 games) of these medals have been in track and field.
Kenya is currently ranked 49th on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table.
Reginald Benade, a Paralympian athlete from Namibia, competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China where he won a bronze medal in the men’s F35/36 discus throw event - the only Namibian Paralympian to ever win a medal.
Jose Armando Sayovo(left) is an Angolan athlete and the only Angolan to have ever won a medal at the Paralympic Games.
Sayovo was the first person to win a Paralympic medal for Angola when he won three gold medals, in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints, at the 2004 Summer Paralympic Games in Athens.
He represented Angola again at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing,and was his country’s flagbearer during the Games’ opening ceremony.He won three silver medals, in the men’s 100m, 200m and 400m sprints.
Mohamed Allek is a Paralympian athlete from Algeria competing mainly in category T37 sprint events.
In 1996 Mohamed won gold medals in the T37 100m and 200m but missed out on a medal in the 400m. 4 years later in Sydney he made amends and won a clean sweep of the T37 sprint gold medals. In 2004 he was only able to compete in the 200m and only won a bronze. In Beijing in 2008 he competed in the 100m, 200m and as part of the Algerian 4x100m squad but failed to win any medals for the first time.
Algerians have won a total of 38 medals at the Paralympic Games, of which 15 gold, 7 silver and 16 bronze.
Born in Nigeria on October 16th, 1977, Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike has competed in three Paralympic Games, winning a total of three medals - 2 gold, one silver.
She first competed in the 44kg class at the Sydney 2000 Games, where she claimed the silver medal behind Egypt’s Fatma Omar.
Ogechukwu Ejike then went one better at Athens 2004, where she smashed the world record twice on the way to winning the 44kg class gold medal with a lift of 127.5kg.
She moved up a weight class to 48kg at Beijing 2008 and broke the world record by 7kg on her first attempt. This was then followed by an even more impressive lift of an extra 5kg, setting another record at 130kg and clinching the gold medal.
Nigerians have won a total of 22 gold medals, 11 silver, and 12 bronze.