Athenkosi Kilane

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Athi KilaneBio

My name is Athenkosi Kilane. I was born 30th May 1988 in Gqeberha, South Africa.

I hold a bachelors (BA) degree, an Honors Degree in Sociology as well a Post Grad Diploma in Maritime Studies from the Nelson Mandela University.
In 2019, I completed a short course in Marine Economy from the Fujian University of Oceanography, in Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China.

I am currently unemployed. I was previously employed (contract)by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI).

I have keen interest and commitment to African socio-economic development. Despite lack of formal unemployment, I sell traditional Xhosa bread. I am also a filmmaker having produced and acted in 2 local films called PhumeJele and ENJOLI. As HNP Production Company we have produced and published over 53 episodes on YouTube.

I played Judo for the Nelson Mandela University and soccer in the Campus Football league. I participated in leadership and entrepreneurial programmes. I love arts and Culture and I was founding member for a student organization called Culture Consciousness Society. We ultimately transformed that student organization to a community based organization (NPO).
I am a promoter of the Oceans Economy for Socio-economic development in South Africa and Africa at large.


Symbolic relations between athletes and society

Sports has the ability to transform ordinary individuals to world renowned leaders of society. African athletes dominate the world of sports and have a great influence in other aspects of society such as music, arts, fashion, literature, science and spirituality.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the symbolic power of athletes and their impact on society, in particular looking at the dominance of African athletes in world sports and their influence in society.

This study used analysed the impact of different athletes of African descent in world sports and their influence in society using a qualitative methodology and  simple observation using a cross-sectional analysis including a total of fifteen (15) African athletes from 1974- 2018.

The study reveals that athletes have a symbolic relation with society based on the athlete’s performance, conduct on and off the field of play. Undesirable behaviour by athletes is looked down upon by society. Great athletes have a greater influence on society and in the future generations as well. African athletes and those in the diaspora compete and showcase their talent in the world championships.

African athletes continue to dominate the world of sports despite the fact that they are still faced with serious challenges of lack of access to better facilities, discrimination, disadvantaged backgrounds. Their dominance in sports influences other aspects of life such the music, arts, fashion, literature, science and spirituality. The conclusion points to the fact that given more opportunities and access to world class facilities, African athletes will continue to dominate and influence society in a more positive way in more research areas of life for a better humanity.


Keywords: African athletes, Dominance, Influence, African sport, Society, better facilities, science


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