All posts by Lillian Thompson

I am the CEO of Work Place Move Planning based on bringing people and design together for a better quality of life.

Linda Joyce

Linda Joyce with Images from her life Story

I met Linda Joyce at a HBCU event introduced through a friend. She was about my age though younger and immediately struck me as a very stylish and confident woman. We exchanged information leading to a sit-down lunch in Greensboro her present hometown. Linda Joyce a striking energetic and immediately engaging woman quickly pulled in the restaurant staff from the reception desk to our very young home-grown waiter. The night before I had a dream about a friend in yellow, here was Linda Joyce in a bright yellow high styled outfit.

Instead of being intimidating, she wore a great smile with the twinkle of delight in her eyes. I knew little about her as we chatted away on many subjects. Her diligence in selecting her meal, suggested a healthy person. Her short hair style with a barber cut design in the back suggested a bold personality. The outfit was explained to me as an extension of her extroverted outgoing dynamic and very present personality. ‘Why act old, she said.’ She is a woman who would take a dare and turn it into a new frontier. Since having lunch with Linda for the first time and conversations later, I learned she has two obvious talents where she excels. One she loves doing day to day, commercial real estate, and writing. My years of taking classes and seminars on real estate helped me appreciate her depth of knowledge and comfort level. It also showed me her compassion to help others understand the value of having and maintaining their real estate as wealth builders. Her passion for real estate is matched with her determination to educate African Americans.  I can testify to the struggle by insisting we are fifty years behind the times. Linda who sees the ‘glass half full’ pause only briefly before insisting we need to wake up and catch up. Though this is not her in a nut shell, it captures her ‘get it done’ personality.

Linda’s other love is writing, descriptive writing. On a dare after participating for years in a book club, she wrote and self-published her book on the internet. Done. Then one day she received an email about publishing a book whereby she sent in her manuscript. With that publisher, she moved from the dare to a noted and appreciated author. She moved from done to opening up a whole new world that stood before her as another journey. Yes, the book was professionally completed for market consumption. She learned some new things about how to publish, but this did not move the needle that far. Linda had started another manuscript about one of her siblings, whom she said had an interesting life. Linda was receiving ‘five star’ ratings with many comments on her book which was selling on Amazon. Her publisher offered their website for free promotion. She is thinking about it. Yet she signed and handed me a book from the truck of her car saying to me calmly, ‘see how you think of me after you have read this book’. I thought given my initial impression how could that change? It was a curious statement as she gently encouraged my non ‘book reader’ status to finish the book.

I am not a book reviewer. ‘Second Room on the Right’ was provocative, culturally rich, emotionally charged, and descriptive enough to pull you into her reality as she strove against many odds with a stubborn determination. Linda Joyce is a true story teller. I was fortunate to have read the book even better to discuss Linda’s discoveries from conversations with others after they read the book. Her ‘elementary’ school reunion? Never heard of one, yet a 99 year old teacher returned to that event to tell her about her amazing book pinpointing herself in it. She insisted on letting Linda Joyce know about her gift for writing. With that she told Linda the larger story behind the why’s of what happened about her picture not being taken for her graduating class, a major setback described in her book. Each of these stories enriches my appreciation of Linda Joyce’s life adventures.

I am still getting to know this enchanting person. She was contained in youth to protect her survival and denied celebratory events affirming her accomplishments, yet she sparkles with a vision of life that is still glowing with options and opportunities. Linda Joyce has not seen her greatness yet. She speaks of insight on others whom she views as having greater travails than herself. I see her energy and power from solid experiences that tested her bodily, mental, and spiritual muscles beyond what the average person gets tested. This foundation that would have crumpled others only fuels her beautiful personality through many yet unseen doors as I stand and watch with admiration.

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Mixed Meghan Markle: Activist, Actress, and now Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex ,  Member of British Royal Family

African American men did not think that Obama would win the presidency. While women of the same race were bent on him succeeding. Obama’s American mother and African father by definition makes him Kenyan

American. His heritage, American born with a dad straight out of African makes him a racially controversial figure. Obama embraced the African-America experience, as a result of being bombarded about his physical features. When you are a child of an American with one drop of black blood (assuming African), you are Black. This did not preclude you from passing for white, which for some was an option.

The racial divide in the USA was based on the usefulness of tagging and casting people convenient to a system of slavery. European academic publication argued for racial superiority further complicating the natural state of being human. Obama’s heritage was not of slavery nor of Jim Crow oppression, nor legal battles to integrate. He came integrated! His marriage into an African American family and culture, via Michelle, grounded his identity. A mixed-race husband escaped the pathos of so many direct descendants of slavery.

One could consider jealousy of Obama benefitting from our racial divide (in it but not of it). So it is ironic that black professionals blamed him for losing their high paying jobs, and him getting slammed for not doing enough for black folks. On the other racial side, his presidential predecessor is on a mission to discredit him and his accomplishments. As Obama reflects on his timing and legacy, there is no doubt that the baby boomer wave he rode in on is still coming ashore. 

Allot of  companies  have sprung up recently promoting tests for DNA. Everybody is questioning their true heritage. It is well known in the African American community, where there are stories upon stories about children of mixed parentage. Black men sought white women to improve chances for their children. Light skinned girls are treated better. They got more attention.  They are dad’s favorite. Men and people in general select them over their darker skinned peers.

Another irony is when one parent is white (historically privileged)  and the other is black (historically underprivileged). This could make you ‘mixed’ up! Obama’s presence is like a mirror reminding us of our predicament. His achievements showed our potential. On the other hand, that very same potential challenges a ‘historical mindset’ which displaces ‘superiority’ as a dying notion. It appears being racially mixed, in and of itself, is a dilemma for many people.

Our next high profile person just joined the royal family, Meghan Markle. The idea of a Hollywood actress marrying into royalty was defined by Grace Kelly. She was blond and pretty. This made America proud. A commoner selected to be queen. She was not the only one to become queen. A past King of Jordan selected a wealthy American woman to make his queen. Nothing unusual about selecting women from good families or with high profile images to become royalty. As long as they were ‘white’ women.

In times of Trump many Americans are looking for a break from daily barrages of tweet storms. Many tuned in to the marriage of Prince Harry. If Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, had one more baby, making Prince Harry seventh in line, instead of sixth, he would not have had to ask for approval from the Queen Elizabeth for Meghan’s hand in marriage. Then again,  controversy surrounding Prince’s Charles affection for divorced commoner Camilla Parker Bowles before divorcing his wife, Lady Diana Spencer is royal history. Meghan Markle was married briefly and divorced at age 32. Her mother Doria Ragland was a much younger bride at 21, though her photos show a much younger woman (almost childlike) marrying a Hollywood lighting designer eleven years her senior. This was his second which  included two children. Their marriage lasted until Meghan was six. Her relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, was very close. Her grandmother played an important role as care giver. Meghan was encouraged  to pursue her dreams. Her mother and grandmother fortified  belief in self.

Meghan’s time on Hollywood sets, with her father, inspired her to become an actress. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in theatre and international studies. Instead of waitressing, her income came from calligraphy. Meghan’s acting career’s most notable role, ‘Rachel’ an attorney, for seven years on the TV show ‘Suits’. She handled her life and career with grace and dignity.

She learned early that speaking up for what is right has tremendous impact. Her response to an ‘Ivory soap’  ad by Proctor and Gamble, after her male classmates affirmed their ad idea , that women belonged at home in the kitchen. A letter writing campaign pursued  influential women to protest. She selected power figures including First Lady Hillary Clinton.  Within a month the ad was changed from ‘Women all over America… to People all over America…’ establishing her as an advocate and activist for women causes.

Prince Harry age 33 the younger son of Diana, Princess of Wales, upon meeting Meghan Markle age 36  knew ‘she was the one’. While Meghan was aware of him, she knew little and inquired as to his kindness. Prince Harry picked up the mantel of work done by his mother including HIV, leprosy, land mines  and work in Botswana. He dated. His reputation was one of a bad boy. Past girlfriends described him as needy. None wanted the burden of attention that media brought to his royalty. He, in turn,  could not have them leaning on him either, he wanted that for himself!

Meghan, the actress, was not familiar with being hounded by paparazzi.  Prince Harry’s mother, Diana was chased to a tragic death. His challenge was choosing someone with the ‘fortitude’ to deal with his lifestyle. Meghan and Prince Harry wed on May 19, 2018, seen by tens of millions around the world.  Recent articles ponder her history of activist to shift into the royal family with their non-political posture. Afro British citizens stand by to judge her actions. Some are inspired. British media, sought to exploit her mixed race as controversial have been put in check by the royal family.  Meghan became a British citizen before her nuptials, baptized, before becoming a member of the royal family. The Duchess of Sussex no longer has to mentally debate which box to check in identifying her race. Voted as one of the most influential women in 2018, she is my protagonist!

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Famed Hood Model – Slick Woods

Slick Woods Top 50 Model

Simone Thompson was homeless child of an incarcerated mother. At four years old she was shuttled between Minnesota origins to her mother’s mother in Los Angeles. Simone had tattoos everywhere including the Egyptian Horus symbol on her wrist. She grew into a  young lanky woman. One day sitting on a bench at a bus stop in Los Angeles, she was discovered by a male model who proved himself worthy by showing her actual images of himself.  Model, Ash Sytmest,  was successful in winning her approval. Simone Thompson then decided to become a model, with a name change to ‘Slick Woods’.  In a blink she moved from homelessness to representing her generation as a model ‘from the hood’ in fashion and  tattoos!

Slick’s ‘gapped’ teeth, a beauty sign from African origins. This feature makes her unique as a model.  That gap surrounding by big lips separates her from peers where others try to compare her.  Slick  claims ‘small’ narrow eyes makes her different.  She has exploded onto the fashion stage modeling Rhianna’s Fenty Beauty makeup line.

Defined by her past as an outlier, ‘Slick Woods’ as her friends call here is now a top 50 model from the hood. From homelessness to model fame, this young model of many, will continue to be of great interest as she sorts what is real.  Will this new fame and fortune prove sustainable? We hope so. While she has a great discovery story, we certainly pray good thoughts for this protagonist’s amazing journey. 

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Naomi Wadler Future of Youth Activism!

Naomi 11 years old activist against gun violence.

Naomi Wadler, at eleven years old, sparked the imagination of many around the world. This adopted Ethiopian-American youth was asked, by her elected official representing Alexandria, Virginia, to speak at the Parkland inspired ‘Gun Against Violence’ national demonstration in March 2018.  She volunteered to give voice honoring African American teenage girls murdered by gun violence. Naomi has added another level of awareness to the reality of gun violence within the nation’s capital black community along side school shootings.

Naomi is not new to activism. She organized a walk out at her school against gun violence. Her participation in this event with the Parkland students, has given her national recognition as a measured speaker with youthful wisdom in delivering a message to an engaged and spell bound equally youthful audience. That loss of 17 lives, in the close nit community,  including three teachers was a national tragedy sparking a global student protest movement, yielding some legislative successes and beginning a nationwide voter registration drive. 

Naomi’s passion came earlier then her eleven years. Her clarity about what is right with fearlessness to challenge those around her. This ‘Global Afro Youth’ captures confidence, awareness, presence, and resolve in delivering a message for little girls like herself who can think and make wise decisions against what they see as wrong. She represents our future and knowing this makes her an important voice as our protagonist. We encourage her success!

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Marielle Franco – Afro-Brazilian Martyr for Human Rights

Marielle Franco

The United Nations has initiatives to recognize people of African Descent which started in 2015 and go until 2024. This includes all people who were affected by the Slave Trade. Populations in major countries in South and North America as well as the islands and adjoining countries like Mexico.

This article about Marielle will hopefully offer a connection with mutual struggles and challenges for people of African Descent in and outside of the contiguous United States and its provinces and detached states. Marielle as Afro-Brazilian came from the very community she knew, loved and fought for on the national stage. Marielle Franco was also called a ‘Black Human Rights Activist’. As council person she represented residents of Rio De Janeiro. She had ambitions, as a civil society activist, and according the ‘NPR’ article campaigned  ‘against lethal methods routinely used by security forces with the city’s poorest neighborhoods’. As ‘a wave of anger and indignation on social media and protests in the streets’, according to the NPR article, her legacy is of a ‘charismatic young woman with a one record of championing social causes in a metropolis plagued by issues of violence, race, and poverty’.

I learned about her on the day of her funeral when several thousands of people some with signs saying,  “How many more have to die?” Does this sound familiar ? The obvious answer is from the USA Black Community and the another from Student protests over gun laws. She was shot ‘returning from an event to empowering black women in Brazil, a cause she passionately championed’. (NPR article) Given the civilian casualties, in 2017 of 6,731 and in one month at 2018 649, included people killed during police operations. The president of Brazil recently gave military jurisdiction over security in the state of Rio De Janeiro. Marielle spoke out about more violence, blaming recent homicides (shockingly two youths killed and thrown in the gutter) on the police while declaring the ‘military police unit’ as “the battalion of death’ based on number of civilians shot by its officers.  “The poor people are black,” he said. “The worst opportunities are for blacks. The worst schools are in the black neighborhoods (shanty towns) or in favelas.” according to a visiting Brazilian speaking to the St. Louis American Newspaper.

Her positions as a feminist, leader of anti-racist movement and inequality drew mainly the middle class while the poor needed more engagement. She was born in a shanty town grew up with more freedom in the 80’s then her people now have present day Brazil 2018. As a mother of an eighteen year old daughter, she was persistent, achieving her masters in public administration. Her life causes and death had reached the many thousands of people who poured into the streets protesting her ‘assassination’. The crosshairs of police brutality, gang control of ‘shanty towns’, and crackdown on violence turned over to the military made the focus of protest against violence a dilemma for a young leader caught in the cross fire. The St. Louis American newspaper article also quoted the visiting Brazilian as saying that his country had more mixed race couples but was also more segregated than the states. Some writers on her loss wrote about hopelessness for Black People in Brazil. She will not be forgotten.

The struggle for various rights here in the USA and the turning back of hard fought legislature for voting, and women’s rights as well as rounding up immigrants without cause is the present day climate in the USA. This only reinforces the point that the battle is not over and may never be; one thing though, we are not alone. Read David Wilson’s excellent article, about Marielle Franco, in OKAY AFRICA, a documentary film maker and founder of, now a resident of Salvadore, Bahia:

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Naomi Osaka – Tennis Rising Star- Haitian-American-Japanese

Naomi Osaka, Tennis Player

First and foremost the unseeded Naomi Osaka won the Indian Wells Open this past weekend (March 18). The same tournament who’s past leadership guided a policy of exclusion directed at the Williams Tennis Dynasty. Just a few years ago those now in control of the tournament opened their arms wide to both Venus and Serena. These two legends came with trepidation’s given past history. Now that has all changed and Venus the taller one and also the most active one returned with impressive results over the last several years, despite Indian Wells missing her youthful prime performances. Now they are experiencing another resurgence by Venus this year at 37 years of age only to perhaps to see her lose staying power in a defeat to a 20 year old in the semi-finals. If this had gone the way I dreamed, It would have been the opportunity to appreciate the other 20 year old finalist Naomi Osaka play her tennis idol Venus Williams (8). Just a note that Venus knocked out her sister, Serena, a new mom, upon her return to serious competition. Serena will return!

I have been watching the rise of Naomi Osaka for several years. She has the tennis star physique, tall, strong, fast, serves at 125 mph with varying spin and paces and apparently got her mental act together. That demonstration was apparent in her defeat of the world’s number one, Simone Halep in the semi-final run at Indian Wells. The championship was unambiguous as was the final score (63 62) against her also 20 year old opponent Daria Kasatkina ranked (20). This win places Osaka at number 22, her highest so far. Statistics shows she wins at 59.29% and this is also her first WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title a major accomplishment for an upcoming tennis player. Her grand slam results have been consistent at 3rd or 4th rounds.

Naomi, born in Japan has a Haitian Father and a Japanese Mother and moved to the United States of America at three years old. She has a sister Mari, also a professional tennis player. She is coached by David Taylor, a veteran Australian coach. Her new sparring partner, Sascha Bajin, formerly worked with Serena during her Grand Slam runs and most recently Wozniacki, who just recently won the Australian Open 2018. The future of professional tennis will have major nation representation. Naomi represents Japan yet she remains a Global Afro Woman in my book and that is part of my recognition. How many will the young Osaka influence from all the nations she represents? As many as possible, I hope! Her website is Visit us at

PS: Since the initial writing of this article, Naomi Osaka played and defeated Serena Williams at the Miami Open only to fall the next round. I hope she remembers that it is difficult to beat Serena twice and savored her victory. Given her size and talent she and Serena will most surely meet again and that will be another story.

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Rihanna, Snapchat, and Domestic Violence: Power of Voice



I normally do not select high profile Global Afro Women who are doing very well in the media, besides my community has a pretty good Idea of who they are. In this instance, it is important. My respect continues to grow for Rihanna. Do not ask me about her latest this or that which is for her generation to address. I’ve seen her in fashion, and a Central Park performance. I have seen snippets of her in photos receiving awards and of course her past public love affair with Chris Brown. Both young, wealthy rising stars. She is a success story. That’s it!

The latest Snapchat app designed to enlist users to decide whether to ‘slap’ Rihanna or ‘punch’ Chris Brown drew a comment from Rihanna putting them on notice. Many people want fame yet this display of what I would call ‘a predatory hustle’ from Snapchat reflected the problem of a public life in pursuit of your craft and love relationships. It also shows how these billion dollar companies draw attention to their platforms. Apparently this was unneeded as on 60 Minutes last evening (March 18, 2018) reported on the upcoming generation of Saudi youths favorite past-time is Snapchat. Going after ‘Domestic Violence’ is the low blow of this new app ad, which the company pulled from the web, though it continues to circulate through other sources. Rihanna’s reaction with her 60 million followers caused the stock to tank 4% or 800 million dollars after saying the ‘app-oligy’ ought to be thrown away. Making it clear to the observer, she did not have many feelings about it, pointing out the many people going through or into domestic violence relationships now. (NPR article)

While some states are grappling with domestic violence as it relates to gun control, this being ‘Women History Month’ and high schoolers walkout due to gun violence, our cute technology companies are sitting in the back rooms apparently OUT OF TOUCH with reality. They had to be and their whole corporate system had to be to fund this kind of gaming for public consumption. This, what I consider a black or white issue, begs the question, are they part of the problem or part of solution. Which is Snapchat?

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Lillian L. Thompson, Visual Artist Re-emerges

Art by LT Exhibit Mailer pdf


Why re-emerge as a visual artist after so many years of being a designer, project manager    or coordinator of the built environment? As it goes, my youth was involved with drawing among other things (like dancing), exposing more talent after entering Howard University. Fortunate to work under some impressive professors and national acclaimed artists. Regardless that I had my sites set on Interior Design and later studied Architecture also with impressive teachers. While art is part of architecture and interior design, actual drawing has suffered because of technology requirements. Perhaps the very best Architects, which I respect, especially  those with great talent and foresight to envision a building, still form sketchy drawings and move through a process to technical and artistic buildings i.e Michael Graves and Phil Freelon.

In the beginning of 2017 I picked up my favorite pens and started sketching again. What poured out of me were not masterpieces but unique expressions of a quiet spirit. I remain an artist. I am still excited about the idea that art can tell stories and empower souls. I have moved in four steps with my drawings which I will show at the Exhibit on April 6, 2018, a First Friday in Downtown Raleigh at the Revive Raleigh Massage Therapy space at 1151/2 second level. I will bring my recent discoveries, as I return to the endless possibilities of artistic expression. My reveal at this age is as exciting as my triumphs in the design field against many tribulations.

This work is causing reflection and introspection for me as a human being,  an African-American, all the many titles I’ve had and more importantly, citizen of the Globe and member of the Global Afro Woman family, of which I intend to investigate and flourish within. This first public exhibit, an adventure which I hope many who come to see can look for my evolution over this year as a new beginning. This link will reveal a flyer for the exhibit.  Art by LT Exhibit Mailer pdf

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Gloria Thompson – We are Black History!



Gloria Thompson

Breaking News – Twelve-year old Gloria Thompson along with classmates from elementary school, Michael Jones, Lance Newman and Ronald Deskins, desegregated schools (Stratford Junior High) in Arlington, Virginia on February 21959. Youths have been breaking barriers for a very long time and today’s trauma victims in Parkland, Florida are part of a long tradition of our civil and human rights movements. Just as we recognize our youth today (2018) are savvy and well organized, the integration at the Stratford Junior High School in 1959 was also a successfully orchestrated event.

National and local organizations had been involved in legal challenges. There were IQ testing and selection of the chosen four. Intense parental involvement included teachers from the community prepared the students’ academically and mentally.  Community leaders coordinated between the school system, her community, and everybody’s parents. It was a single landmark event for Arlington County. That was also true for our segregated community of ‘Halls Hill’ locked in off both sides of Lee Highway, and anchored by John M. Langston Elementary School.

Gloria’s sister, Clarissa, had been a named claimant in court battles to facilitate the integration of Arlington County schools. She had finished top of her class, at the segregated Hoffman-Boston High School in South Arlington. Kids were used to being bussed to a school far away from the nearby Stratford Junior High.  That day would change everything, months and years followed by the second and third wave of students who fought in court or became eligible to go to Stratford based on grades. Many students, from the community, chose to stay and go to the segregated Hoffman-Boston. Also the kids from ‘Halls Hill’ went to other nearby desegregated schools thereby splitting up the youth in the community. Gloria was popular at the segregated school and had made new friends. With this change, she would become isolated and far away from her new friends one normally would have in junior high school. She never complained.

A big driver for integrating schools was Gloria’s Mother who believed that a good education was the ticket to success. Our activist Mother (yes Gloria is my sister) wanted her eldest daughter, Clarissa, to have higher education ensuring her success and self sufficiency by going to college. Mother had us demonstrating at local movie houses, going to civil rights organizing meetings in Alexandria, putting her children in lawsuits challenging the status quo, in a relentless effort to get her son and daughters well educated. Gloria’s high test results made her the only girl in this school desegregation in Arlington. The only girl with women swirling around her, from the community, dedicated to her success.

As the youth in Parkland, Florida have been scarred by the loss of their friends and suffering psychological damage, so it was true for Gloria and her classmates. On the outside were changes that opened doors and improved educational access. On the inside she had to depend on our small segregated community for social development. Moving from Stratford Junior High to integrating the overwhelmingly white Washington-Lee High School (W-L) was a continuation of isolation dedicated purely to the importance of learning opportunities but a social flop with psychological challenges day in and day out. Probably due to my mother’s insistence, my brother attended W-L briefly, due to fist fights over insults, he later finished high school with a GED. (He was a warrior).  They thought the workshop teacher was a janitor! The hard work of desegregation put Gloria Thompson and her classmates on the map in the Halls Hill (Now Highview Park) community  and well documented in the Arlington, County Library.

It was a sacrifice and many fail to appreciate that fact. When young people, including at the time, my Mother’s children, who were thrust in front of Judges, School Boards, a sea of new and different cultural subsets of students, demonstrations to gain access to local movie houses in the face of Nazi opposition and relentless self-consciousness to avoid the wrong move cannot be quantified. As we celebrate Gloria, we acknowledge all those in and out of the spotlight during that time, since that time, and even today that have the courage to step forward and make that bold move for change forges a country meaningfulness, and proud of making a difference toward its future and democratic potential. What can we say? We say thank you over and over again.

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Nigerian-Americans a 2018 Princess Olympic Bobsled Story


Nigerian-American Women Bobsled Team

Yes; it is true! 30 years after the Jamaican men and film ‘Cool Runnings’, this Nigerian-American Women’s Go Fund Me team of former track stars had set out on a mission to put Africa on the map for a cold winter sport. The United States long Olympic history in summer and winter games gives them unique attention in our media. They made the rounds including the Ellen DeGeneres show, dancing their way onto the stage and into our hearts. They were ‘fun loving’ but the back story was about incredible hard work and sacrifice made to move from track and field, transitioning into bobsledding, going from zero to 100 to learn and qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in a few short years.

The imaginative force behind this effort was also the driver of the bobsled, Seun Adigen. Her vision and a hand-made wooden practice bobsled was the beginning of a journey with a goal to make it to the Olympics. Their story is unique in that they are American born and educated children of Nigerian parents. They represented Nigeria in track and field in the Olympics in 100 meters. Apparently track stars are most adept to the bobsled sport. In the case of the American team, they are sought after talent.  Seun Adigen then recruited two Nigerian-American women former track stars to join the team. They gave up normal activities so many at their age enjoy. Instead they put their focus on going for a mission of qualifying in bobsledding for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They achieved that first step. All in great spirits brakemen, Ngozi Onwumere, on left in drawing, and Akuoma Omeoga had great synergy to commit to the work and be actively engaged with the marketing and getting sponsors. They would travel to Nigeria for TV interviews and promotional support.  They raised enough money to travel and obtain their own bobsled. They also formed a federation for bobsledding in Nigeria. While the warm climate continent had only eight countries participate in the 2018 Olympics, most Africans don’t even have the Winter Olympics on their radar screens. This is truly a mission of significant proportions, yet it brought great pride to Nigeria.

As it turns out, they were last (20th) in the Olympics behind the Gold Medalist from Germany, off by 7 seconds, if you can imagine the 19 others including 3rd from finish, Jamaica, that were competing. Yes, after 30 years there was the first women’s bobsled team from Jamaica. Despite drama of one team member leaving with the bobsled and scrambling to get another they actually beat the Nigerian team by two spots. A closer look at this fierce competition of milliseconds made up the differences between the final medalist teams. In the final runs, the Americans were most destined to win the gold. They were well positioned and had the best  success record. After three runs though, Afro-German driver, Mariama Jamanka, of the Germany team had the highest average scoring runs to win the gold medal; the African-American team (Elana Meyers Taylor and Laura Gibbs) got silver, and the Canadian bronze team winners had, Phylicia George a brakeman, an Afro-Canadian member.

Go figure, of the six finalists (two to a team) four were of African descent. As the Nigerian team got our attention in the states. Jamaica (Carrie Russell and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian) were also making history despite their disappointing relationship with a German coach, who owned and took the bobsled upon unexpectedly quitting during the Olympics. Something they amazingly overcame, even though third from last. T

he Global Afro Woman, has much to be proud of in dominating the 2018 Olympic bobsledding event. We are very proud of her determination and competitive spirits.  Congratulations my protagonists!


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