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Exceptional sports personalities enjoy limelight on Glo-sponsored African Voices


The Glo-sponsored African Voices, a CNN International’s 30-minute magazine programme, is this weekend featuring  exceptional sports personalities.

A statement by the data grand masters, Globacom, stated that the programme would focus on the duo of Nigeria’s scuba diver, Rafy Abrahamyan, and Shepherd Zira, a South African horse rider.

CNN said they are “Africa’s sport seekers who are unafraid to take on challenges many of us would never dream of tackling. These individuals dare to push the limits and pursue their passions – regardless of the payoff.”

CNN stated further that it is celebrating Shepherd Zira because he is “one man who is overcoming hurdles in the equestrian world and winning awards along the way”, and the Nigerian Abrahamyan who “has a love for adventure and a desire to discover the uncharted waters of Lagos.”

A member of South African Lipizzaners, the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna that are affiliated to theSpanish Riding School, Shepherd Zira is also the world’s first black professional Lipizzaner rider. He learnt the art of Horse riding from his father at the age of 11 and by 22 years of age, he has already become a star in the sport.

Viewers will also enjoy Rafy Abrahamyan’s account of the sport of diving and what ignited his passion to take up a sport that is not quite popular in Nigeria. He will also talk on the challenges he has faced exploring the waters of Lagos.

African Voices, according to Globacom, comes up at 10.30 a.m. on Friday with repeat broadcasts at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sunday. Further repeats are broadcast at 11.30 p.m. on Mondays and at 5.30 a.m. on Tuesdays.


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