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

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Tunisia’s black minority has long complained of racial discrimination [File: Mohamed Messara/EPA]

When Ghofrane Binous was a child, she was told she was dirty because her skin was black. Binous, now a flight attendant with Tunisia’s national carrier Tunisair, recounted how children in her neighborhood excluded her from their play one day, telling her: “All of you are dirty because you are black and your family does not bathe you.” She returned home crying that day and scrubbed her face until it was raw. Later on, she said she started using bleach on her face because she was told it would make her skin lighter.

Many Tunisians are “instinctively racist”, Binous said, explaining that racism and discrimination are everyday occurrences for many black Tunisians. In May, Binous made global headlines when a disgruntled passenger on a Tunisair flight called her a racial slur.

“She could have criticized Tunisair. Instead, she targeted my person,” said Binous. “I don’t remember ever crying that hard.”

The incident prompted the captain to deplane the passenger and sparked outrage on social media. Binous was also called to the parliament’s rights committee, where legislators expressed  solidarity with her and called for an investigation.

The passenger never faced action, according to Binous. But that could change now.

Last Tuesday, Tunisia’s parliament voted to criminalize racial discrimination, in a vote activists hailed as historic in the North African country, where unofficial estimates say 15 percent of the 11.5 million population identify as black.

Under the new legislation, those convicted of racist speech face one month in prison and a $350 fine, while incitement to hatred, making racist threats, or belonging to an organization that propagates racism can result in one to three years in prison and fines ranging from $185 to $1,110.

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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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Marcelline Nyambi on running a business, raising confident kids and staying Fabulous

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It was late and the house was packed. She was sitting close to the foot of the staircase as people went up and down the stairs. I can hardly remember what we were celebrating but I remember her. This was about 15 years ago. Even then, there was a youthful vibrance about her. Her nails caught my eye, they were long with a fun pink polish. I observed as she called over a lovely little girl and began to feed her as only a Mommy would. I looked on a little confused, trying to match up her fashion fabulousity to motherhood. Thing is, she wasn’t the only fashionista Mommy I had ever encountered. She however, was one of the few who wore their badge of motherhood with such noticeable ease and grace.

Even now, I look at her in appreciation of the ideal she represents for women struggling to find balance in their lives.

As flawless as she may seem, her load is not light. She wears many badges these days, most notably CEO of The Hampton Conference Center and Hampton Party Supply Rentals, Co-founder of the Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation and Co-Chair of Hampton Group Intl to name a few.

She has also been recipient of numerous awards including the Couple Community Service Award from African Mirror Newspaper, the Humanitarian Service Award from DeeDee Entertainment Awards, the I AM SHE Arise Woman Award from the I AM SHE Women Power Conference and WODESS Woman of the year 2016 International Award.

A parent can receive all kinds of accolades but the one that will be of most value is the reward that is only reflected in the kind of adult their child grows to become.

The badge of Good Parenting is one Marcelline and her husband Jude have every reason to be proud of especially when their 18-year-old daughter is Venessa Nyambi: a Model, Blogger, Social Entrepreneur, International Speaker AND founder of The Generation Africa Campaign (an initiative to empower young Africans living throughout the diaspora and on the continent). Venessa was awarded the National Academy of Future Scientist and Technologist Award of Excellence, The Congressional Youth Leadership Award, and was selected to participate in the President Eisenhower Student Ambassador Program. Venessa graduated in May of 2017 with honors as a member of The National High School Scholars Society.

Marcelline and her daughter Vanessa

So how does this multipurpose woman maintain the balance? How does she keep her children and marriage centered? What wisdom can we take from her journey? We asked and she answered.

Her Parenting Philosophy

Marcelline Nyambi: I think it’s very important we raise our children to understand that they are a unique expression of source energy expressing. Which means they are infinite beings with infinite potential surrounded by boundless opportunity to make a difference. We have to raise them to understand that they are evolutionary beings in an evolutionary universe and are here for a reason and a purpose. And we have to make them understand that their purpose is to evolve into that which God has called them forth to be. They have to understand that their passion will always lead them to their purpose and finding their purpose will build true confidence and help them cultivate their strength and divine gifts.

Marcelline and her son Kewala

Marcelline Nyambi: Confidence is not just the result of following your passion but is also the result of finding your strength zone and more importantly understanding God’s will in your life. When children understand who and whose they are, they will always be in vibrational alignment with source energy. In essence we have to raise them to understand that irrespective of their profession or who they are or who they become, their divine purpose is to serve by being the instrument God will use to bring about alignment, attainment and activation in the lives of others.

How She Balances Work and Kids

Marcelline Nyambi: This is a familiar battle most entrepreneurs face and I am no exception. Entrepreneurship is not that glamorous as some people may think. It entails lots of sacrifice from you and your loved ones. Believe me it is not easy but I have come to realize that you have to make a conscious decision to manage to keep up with the increased demands of a growing business and a growing family. Besides, family always has to come first. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support of my exceptional husband.

Marcelline and Husband Jude Nyambi

Marcelline Nyambi: Many entrepreneurs try to separate work and family life, but in our household, business talk is never off the table. You don’t walk in the door and the business disappears. I share the details of our business successes and struggles with my family because at the end of the day they are my greatest cheerleaders. When I bring work home such as following up on emails, I always try to do the work after everyone has gone to bed so that I can be present for my kids.

As entrepreneurs sometimes we try to do everything ourselves. I have come to realized that learning to let go is the only way you can be able to balance increased work and life demands. I believe if you build a good business culture and IF you are a good leader, you will be able to maintain balance. A good business doesn’t need you to micro manage every aspect. You can delegate to people who embody and exemplify your vision and mission and that frees up some time to spend with family. Our family makes a habit of Sunday family days when possible and also we schedule family vacation time.

Balancing Work and Marriage

If you have met Marcelline and her beau Jude, you will notice that theirs is not only a romance but a friendship. They enjoy being around each other. So what is their secret?

Marcelline Nyambi: Finding that balance between work and marriage is essential to honoring the vows that we made to one another. But believe me its not always that easy. We have found that making a list of the most important things to us: God, our marriage and our children helps us to put things in perspective. We try to dedicate one day a week to each other. We schedule date nights, and mini weekend getaway or a weekday getaway since the nature of our business sometimes requires our attention on weekends. We constantly check on one another and stay in communication through out the day because we are each other’s support system.

Marcelline and Jude Nyambi

Staying Fit and Fabulous

Marcelline Nyambi: In order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, it’s important to have some sort of consistency when looking at the big picture result. Make changes one at a time, and don’t make too many changes at once or you will risk relapsing into old habits. However what I do is I meditate daily, I try to maintain a consistent daily workout routine, I try to eat healthy by getting as many fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into my diet as possible and drinking lots of water. I also do routine medical check up and to reduced stress I try to take breaks and relax as much as I can but I must admit I am a working progress on this one.

LIFE LESSONS

When we see a woman who has gone through life and attained success, it is only fitting to ask them for a piece of the wisdom they have picked up in their journey.

Wisdom for her kids to remember

Vanessa and Kewala Nyambi

Marcelline Nyambi

1. To remember that an attitude of gratitude is the key to manifesting and to remember that they are a unique expression of infinite spirit expressing and they are here in this universe for a reason and for a purpose, which is to serve in every capacity and platform.

2. To understand they are not here to acquire worldly things, but instead to release the gifts, the talents that lies within them for God’s glory. And that they are infinite beings with infinite potential destined to reign.

3. To understand that challenges are going to come but those dark moments in their life will only be here to help them evolve and grow into that which God has called them to be.

4. To remember that every circumstance they will consider challenges and every blessing is part of their journey. We never lose in life, we learn, we grow, we win but we never lose. Our experiences are our best teacher.

5. To learn to give, to forgive and be love, light and peace in this universe because whatever they do to another will always come back to them. I want them to always remember that everything and everyone is energy. We are all one because we all emanate from the same energy source God.

Wisdom for young mothers

Marcelline Nyambi

1. I have discovered over the years that mothering is very challenging irrespective of the number of kids you have. Mothering isn’t about the big issues but the small lessons we pick up along the way. They are the legacy we pass on to our children. They are the things our children will remember us for, good or bad. That’s why its important to be a good role model.

2. Each child is unique and different with their own unique talent and gifts. Each child has different needs and likes. They are all different in the way they need to be loved, disciplined, and cared for.

3. You will not always know all the answers. There is no blueprint for mothering. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Don’t compare your life to everyone else’s. Live your life in a way that makes you happy. You know the old saying: “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” It’s true.

4. When your kids are behaving in a way that makes you least want to give them affection and attention that is precisely when they need it the most. Give Hugs and smile and learn to affirm them consistently.

5. Enjoy each stage of your kid’s life. They grow too fast. My kids are becoming more incredible people every day, and I enjoy watching them learn, grow, and become who they are destined to be. Learn to affirm your children every step of the way. I can’t believe my daughter Venessa is attending college in London. It seems like only yesterday she was born.

EDITOR’S NOTE

On this International Women’s Day I am reminded of the heavy responsibility that lies with women. We have a pivotal role to play in a time when gender norms are challenged and women are becoming more empowered to be in the driver’s seat of their own destinies. However, this also comes with responsibility. We cannot grab on to our freedom and forget to find a balance. We have to make a place for our partners and our children as we rise up to our potential.

The wisdom shared by Marcelline, a beautiful and dynamic woman is one that I believe can benefit us all.

 

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African Billionaires of 2017

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Aliko Dangote

It was an interesting year for African billionaires as some fortunes shrunk and others grew. Notably Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote’s wealth dropped by a couple of billions, giving South African/Canadian/American billionaire and founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk the edge he needed to top the list.

African Countries represented on the Billionaire list

In 2017, South Africa still topped the list with 9 billionaires after dropping Christoffel Wiese and adding Stephen Saad and Desmond Sacco. Egypt’s list grew to 8 billionaires with Sawiris family patriarch back on the list.

Nigeria’s billionaires dropped from 5 to 3, dropping Abdulsamad Rabiu and Femi Otedola. The other countries represented are Angola, Algeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe with their first Billionaire.

African Billionaire Age groups

Mohammed Dewji

There are 3 billionaires in their forties, 5 in their fifties, 8 in their sixties, 7 in their seventies and 5 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. 

Africa’s Billionaires of 2017

PictureAfrica RankForbes RankNameNet WorthAgeWealth SourceHometown / Residence
1#61Elon Musk$19.6 B46Self Made, Tesla MotorsSouth Africa / United States
2#131Aliko Dangote$12.1 B60Self Made, cement, sugar, flourNigeria
3#144Mohammed Al Amoudi$10.5 B71Self Made, oil, diversifiedEthiopia / Saudi Arabia
4#212Patrick Soon-Shiong$7.9 B65Self Made, pharmaceuticalsSouth Africa / United States
5#216Nicky Oppenheimer$7.7 B72DiamondsSouth Africa
6#239Johann Rupert$7.1 B67Luxury goodsSouth Africa
7#269Nassef Sawiris$5.6 B56Construction, chemicalsEgypt
8#347Mike Adenuga$5.5 B64Self Made, telcom, oilNigeria
11#543Issad Rebrab$4 B74FoodAlgeria
9#464Nathan Kirsh$4.6 B85Retail, real estateSwaziland
10#538Naguib Sawiris$4.1 B63TelecomEgypt
12#699Haim Saban$3.3 B73Self Made, TV network, investmentsEgypt / United States
13#766Isabel dos Santos$3.1 B44InvestmentsAngola
18#1213Allan Gray$2 B80Money managementSouth Africa
19#1260Yasseen Mansour$2 B56Self Made, diversifiedEgypt
14#872Koos Bekker$2.8 B65Self Made, media, investmentsSouth Africa
15#898Mohamed Mansour$2.7 B69Self Made, diversifiedEgypt
16#1045Patrice Motsepe$2.4 B55Self Made, miningSouth Africa
17#1145Aziz Akhannouch$2.2 B57Petroleum, diversifiedMorocco


31#2005Desmond Sacco$1 B75MiningSouth Africa
20#1269Mohamed Al Fayed$1.9 B88Self Made, retail, investmentsEgypt
21#1650Strive Masiyiwa$1.7 B57TelecomZimbabwe / United Kingdom
22#1482Othman Benjelloun$1.6 B85Banking, insuranceMorocco
23#1610Youssef Mansour$1.4 B72Self Made, diversifiedEgypt
24#1625Folorunsho Alakija$1.4 B67Self Made, oilNigeria
25#1666Mohammed Dewji$1.4 B42DiversifiedTanzania
26#1812Stephen Saad$1.2 B53Self Made, pharmaceuticalsSouth Africa


27Michiel Le Roux$1.2 B69BankingSouth Africa


30Christoffel Wiese$1.1 B77RetailSouth Africa
28#1913Mohammed Ibrahim$1.1 B71Self Made, communicationsSudan / United Kingdom
29#1955Onsi Sawiris$1.1 B88Self Made, construction, telecomEgypt

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