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The Nigerian athletes who competed at the 2012 London Paralympic Games arrived back in the country yesterday only to receive no official welcome from Nigeria’s National Sports Commission

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.

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Blind distance runner Henry Wanyoike has overcome his disability to become a Paralympic hero. 

Watch photographer Dominic Nahr’s multimedia feature on Wanyoike here.


AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: South African swimmer Achmat Hassiem, who lost a leg in a shark attack in 2006, has told the BBC he hopes to win a medal at the Paralympic Games.
He said he had been training hard for the 100m butterfly and the 100m and 400m freestyle races.
"I’m in the top three in the world for my event. What more can I ask for?" he said.
Hassiem’s leg was severed by a shark at Muizenburg beach, near Cape Town, after he drew it away from his brother.
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AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: South African swimmer Achmat Hassiem, who lost a leg in a shark attack in 2006, has told the BBC he hopes to win a medal at the Paralympic Games.

He said he had been training hard for the 100m butterfly and the 100m and 400m freestyle races.

"I’m in the top three in the world for my event. What more can I ask for?" he said.

Hassiem’s leg was severed by a shark at Muizenburg beach, near Cape Town, after he drew it away from his brother.

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AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Oumar Basakoulba Kone
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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Oumar Basakoulba Kone

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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Maher Bouallegue

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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Reginald Benade
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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Reginald Benade

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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Tshotlego Morama

Tshotlego Morama, born in Lethakane in 1987, is a Motswana Paralympic sprinter.

Representing Botswana at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, she won gold in the women’s 400m sprint in the T46 disability category, setting a new world record in the process, with a time of 55.99.

She remains the only athlete ever to have represented Botswana at the Paralympics.

Morama also won gold at the 2007 All-Africa Games, setting a new African record in the women’s 200 metres.

Morama was due to represent Botswana again at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing,but ultimately did not compete.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Jose Armando Sayovo
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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Jose Armando Sayovo

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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Fatma Omar

Fatma Omar is an Egyptian powerlifter who represented her country at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Syndey, Australia, where she won the gold medal in the 44kg class.

Egypt has been participating in the Paralympic Games since 1976, and has participated in every edition of the Summer Games since then.

Egyptian athletes have won a total of 128 Paralympic medals, of which 41 gold, 39 silver and 48 bronze.Egypt has been particularly strong in athletics and powerlifting.

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AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Mohamed Allek
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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Mohamed Allek

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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike
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.

AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike

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.