The highly inspiring lives of rare sports celebrities will be on the spotlight this week on CNN African Voices sponsored by data grandmasters, Globacom.
Nigeria’s Rafy Abrahamyan, a scuba diver, and South African horse rider, Shepard Zira, will be resource persons on the 30-minute programme.
Cable News Network said the two sports stars were among “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.”
The TV station indicated in a programme vignette released on the edition that it was celebrating Shepard Zira because he is “one man who is overcoming hurdles in the equestrian world and winning awards along the way”, while the Nigerian Abrahamyan “has a love for adventure and a desire to discover the uncharted waters of Lagos.”
Zira, a South African, is the world’s first black professional Lipizzaner rider. The Lipizzaners of South Africa, a group to which he belongs is the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna which is affiliated to the Spanish Riding School. Zira, who is a star in his chosen art is only 22 years old but developed a passion for horse riding at 11. It was an art which he acquired from from his father.
Abrahamyan will elucidate on the sport of diving as well as the circumstances which fanned his passion for the sport which is alien to Nigerians. He also speaks on the connected with the exploration of the waters of Lagos.
African Voices goes on air at 10.30 a.m. on Friday while repeat broadcasts come up at4.30 p.m. on Saturday;12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sunday;arinze11.30 p.m. on Mondays and at 5.30 a.m. on Tuesdays.