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Egyptian shawarma seller with grit wins gold for Bulgaria

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The neck bent in shame today may be the enviable neck that a medal will be dangling from tomorrow. Sometimes failure just has to sit in the cockpit as a copilot in your flight to success. Hence giving up in life may be as ridiculous as attempting to get Trump to kiss Hilary Clinton!

Such was the inspiring story of Tarek Abdel Salam an Egyptian wrestler of just 23 years. His story took an early ugly preface when Tarek Abdel Salam was injured while in sporting service with the Egyptian Wrestling Federation.

The Egyptian Wrestling Federation declined on shouldering the cost of his medical treatment on the ground that they saw him practically as an ‘ineffective’ component of the team.

Should he sit down and cry drums of tears feeling betrayed by his country? Definitely not! Our brave Tarek Salam chose to makeup his seeming ugly life with the mental cosmetics of hope! Not only could he see a bright light at the end of the tunnel, he saw a shiny medal hanging out in that light and he dutifully chased it.

Tarek dusted off this upset, setting out for Bulgaria. Being back to fitness was his major cardinal mark and he sailed energetically towards it through the fiery storms of dismay.

Successful people would swim past the Atlantic to reach their goals, they are defiant and would only give up if Bill Gates would become a suicide bomber: impossible! This was the impossible personification of Tarek who had to desert his ego to realize his dreams, working in a Shawarma restaurant so as to be able to pay for treating his injury.

Our enduring African hero Tarek was offered Bulgarian citizenship afterwards gaining eligibility to contest for Bulgaria after he had been enlisted into the Bulgarian team for the European Wrestling Championship which held in Serbia.

The amazing Tarek proved to the world that failure is not a life sentence, just ephemeral when he triumphed all odds to win the wrestling gold for men with a weight not up to 75kg! Tarek took the crown beating Russian Champion, Chingiz Labazanov, in the final where the score was nailed at 4 – 1. This was absolutely inspiring.

Tarek gathered glowing praise from even the Egyptian Wrestling Federation which supposedly gave up on him earlier. Moataz al-Demerdash head of the Egyptian Wrestling Federation had lavished praise on Tarek also chipping in that, “You may have raised the Bulgarian flag, but in the end you are a son of Egypt.”

So Tarek is a story of a conquest of African unrelenting optimism. In the drive towards success, there will always be potholes on speed breakers on the road. But you should never pack and abandon the steering wheel, keep driving – refilling your fuel tanks with hope, you will surely get to your destination in life!

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Miss Algeria 2019 Is Black, Racist Trolls Are Attacking Her But She Won’t Back Down

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The newly crowned winner of Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her because of her skin color.

“I will not back down because of the people who criticised me,” Khadija Ben Hamou told Algerian news site TSA.

Slurs about her dark skin colour, nose and lips have been made on Facebook and Twitter.

ALSO READ: Tunisia Becomes Second African Country And First Arab Nation To Outlaw Racism. Here Is What Will Happen If You Break The Law

Darker-skinned Algerians face discrimination in the North African state.

Ms Ben Hamou, who comes from the southern Adrar region, said that she was proud of her identity and winning the competition.

“I am honoured that I have achieved my dream, and I am honoured by the state of Adrar where I come from,” she said.

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RwandAir Expands its Flight Destinations to Ethiopia

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RwandAir has announced that it will commence flights to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, in April 2019.

The Rwanda national carrier will operate five weekly direct flights from Kigali to Addis Ababa with a CRJ-900NG aircraft.

ALSO READ: Rwanda Officially Joins Africa50 to Boost Infrastructure

“As an expanding young airline, it is imperative for us to fly to Addis Ababa Bole International airport as it is one of the important hubs in Africa” said RwandAir’s chief executive Yvonne Manzi Makolo.

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African Vibes Magazine’s Billionaires of 2018

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When it comes to African Billionaires, there are some usual suspects that make the list every year. Unfortunately, 2018 closed on a very bumpy note in the equities market and for many billionaires, this among other things resulted in some considerable loses in fortunes and some billionaires dropping off the list altogether.

The list dropped by 7 from 31 African billionaires to 24. A few billionaires still managed to grow their fortunes. Most Notably Nigeria’s Mike Adenugu who grew his fortunate the most with a 3.2 billion increase over his 2017 fortune.

Folorunsho Alakija remained Africa’s richest woman, Mohammed Dewji is still Africa’s youngest billionaire, and South Africa’s Elon Musk maintained the number one spot as the richest African on the list.

African Countries represented on the Billionaire list

By the end of 2018, South Africa had dropped 5 billionaires from the previous year. They closed with 6 billionaires, same as Egypt which dropped 2 billionaires from its 2017 list.

Nigeria maintained its 3 billionaires while last year’s newcomer from Zimbabwe still held his own. The other countries represented are Angola, Algeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe with their first Billionaire.

African Billionaire Age Distribution

There are 3 billionaires in their forties, 5 in their fifties, 7 in their sixties, 6 in their seventies and 3 in their eighties. Africa’s youngest Billionaire is still Mohammed Dewji from Tanzania at Age 42.

Methodology

The African Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth taken on January 1, 2018. It is based on the Forbes Real-time billionaire wealth calculator. The calculation is derived from stock prices and exchange rates from around the world used to calculate net worths. Some fortunes change from day to day due to fluctuations in the market.

The list is based on individuals rather than multigenerational families who share large fortunes, though included is wealth belonging to a billionaire’s spouse and children if the current list member is the founder of the fortune. In that case, you’ll see “& family” on the list. Also included are married couples who built fortunes and businesses together. 

It was an interesting year for African billionaires as some fortunes shrunk and others grew. So let’s look at who is left on the list and how they did in spite of the rough year-end.


PictureAfrica RankForbes RankNameNet WorthAgeWealth SourceHometown / Residence
1#35Elon Musk$21.9 B47Tesla MotorsSouth Africa / United States
2#125Aliko Dangote$10.5 B61Self Made, cement, sugar, flourNigeria
3#149Mike Adenuga$8.7B65Telecom, OilNigeria
4#180Nicky Oppenheimer$7.6 B73DiamondsSouth Africa
5#217Patrick Soon-Shiong$6.6 B66PharmaceuticalsSouth Africa / United States
6#240Nassef Sawiris$6 B57Construction, ChemicalsEgypt
7#316Johann Rupert$5.2 B68Luxury goodsSouth Africa
8#413Nathan Kirsh$4.4 B86Retail, Real estateSwaziland
9#519Issad Rebrab$3.8 B75FoodAlgeria
10#572Naguib Sawiris$3.5 B64TelecomEgypt
11#758Haim Saban$2.8 B73TV network, InvestmentsEgypt / United States
12#955Strive Masiyiwa$2.3 B58TelecomZimbabwe
13#958Koos Bekker$2.3 B66Media, InvestmentsSouth Africa
14#964Mohamed Mansour$2.3 B70DiversifiedEgypt
15#1033Isabel dos Santos$2.2 B45InvestmentsAngola
17#1107Aziz Akhannouch$2 B58Petroleum, DiversifiedMorocco
16#1110Patrice Motsepe$2 B56MiningSouth Africa
18#1317Othman Benjelloun$1.7 B86Banking, InsuranceMorocco
19#1387Folorunsho Alakija$1.6 B68OilNigeria
20#1405Mohamed Al Fayed$1.6 B89Retail, InvestmentsEgypt
21#1441Mohammed Dewji$1.5 B43DiversifiedTanzania
22#1463Yasseen Mansour$1.5 B57DiversifiedEgypt
23#1783Mohammed Ibrahim$1.2 B72CommunicationsSudan / United Kingdom
24#1786Youssef Mansour$1.2 B73Self Made, diversifiedEgypt

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