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The Liverpool player’s Senegalese name is rarely pronounced correctly
In our series of letters from African journalists, Sierra Leonean-Gambian writer Ade Daramy explains why he gets hot under the collar when seeing Africans doing well in sport.As I watched coverage of the World Athletics Championships in Qatar, like most Africans, it was a case of tutting: “Oh, no, not again…” when someone from the continent was victorious.This was not because I did not glory in their performance but because of how their name was mangled beyond recognition in the commentary and medal ceremonies. Many non-African commentators seem to have a particular thing against West African names, as these seem to be the ones that come in for the most savaging.
Nafissatou Thiam, whose father is from Senegal, won silver in the women’s heptathlon in Doha earlier this month
Take multi-medal-winning athlete Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium as an example. She is still having her surname pronounced as “tee-am”.As her father is Senegalese, her name is pronounced “cham”, as in (appropriately) champion, whic
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