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5 African Teams That Lit Up The Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Rio 2016 opening ceremony began with a bang. As the first Olympics to be held on South American soil came to life in stunning fashion after months of negative publicity on and off the track.

207 countries took part in the famed parade of nations (including a team made up of refugees) as each team soaked up the grandeur before the hard work of competition started. Some African teams at the ceremony came out in formal suits, but we take a look at five teams that rocked their local attire.

1.
Burundi

Not to be mistaken for javelin competitors, the Burundi team stand out in this beautiful two piece attire finished off with neon-coloured trainers. Stylish!!!

Members of Burundi walk during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games © Jamie Squire /Getty
2.
Cameroon

Colourful ensemble by the Cameroonian women at Rio. No doubt a post-ceremony party played a role in the choice of this outfit.

Cameroon’s delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games © Olivier Morin AFP/Getty
3.
Mali

The Mali team show that they will be competing clean at Rio with their all-white attires.

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Mali’s flagbearer Djenebou Dante leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games © Pedro Ugarte AFP /Getty
4.
Madagascar

If there was a medal for best outfit, then the Madagascar team would have secured their maiden medal at the Olympics.

Madagascar’s flagbearer Eliane Saholinirina leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games . © Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty
5.
Senegal

The Senegalese attire almost has every colour of the nations flag. Red cap to finish it off maybe?

Members of the Senegal delegation enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. © Leon Neal AFP / Getty.

The games have now begun; many African athletes will be hoping to stand on the medal rostrum – I wish them all the best.

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Written by How Africa

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