Ghana skeleton athlete Akwasi Frimpong in an interview with the Olympic Channel revealed that he will be wearing his 2018 Black Panther-themed suit in honour of the late Chadwick Boseman who portrayed the character.
“He instilled that belief in African people that whatever they want to achieve, a doctor or a lawyer, an actor, a businessman, that you can accomplish that.”
“He made somebody like me continue to push forward in my skeleton career, with all the different struggles that I have in life like injuries, not always having the resources that I need to compete, whatever. I have no excuse then to give my all, just like Chadwick Boseman did as a Black Panther, and as an individual.”
Boseman passed away back in August after battling with colon cancer for the past 4 years. He was aged 43. “The legacy he left behind was beautiful: never take your dream to the grave,” Frimpong continued.
“Work and give everything that you have right now. Even though it was devastating news, at the same time the positive impact he had on every one of us is a really beautiful thing.
“Every time I wear that suit, it’s definitely for Chadwick, but also for the continent of Africa and for all underdogs who are inspired to achieve greatness.”
Akwasi was born and raised in Ghana, before moving to the Netherlands with his family. He was initially a talented sprinter, gaining an athletics scholarship to Utah Valley University in the United States.
Akwasi eventually switched sports to bobsleigh, before settling on skeleton, where he was Africa’s sole male representative in the sport at the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics.
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com