NOMINATED FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORTS AND OUTSTANDING
ACHIEVEMENT IN MEDIA
I’m a 23 year old young man from Rwanda and a proud African. I’m a
master’s degree student in Architecture, an avid athlete and a
journalism intern at China Investment Magazine.
When I first came to china, I was 18 years old and fresh out of high
school. I immediately started learning Mandarin at Beijing Institute
of Technology, to break the language barrier I encountered when I got
here. Four months later, I was awarded a Bachelor’s degree scholarship
at North China University of Technology in Architecture Engineering.
However, I never stopped cultivating my Chinese language skills.
As a young Rwandan in a foreign country, I yearned to represent my
culture, country and my continent. The desire to achieve that goal set
me on a path that has literally shaped me into the person I am today.
My passion for Africa and sports played a huge role in my journey.
When I started my undergraduate studies, international students
weren’t involved in any sport activities and weren’t allowed to join
Chinese student’s team. So, I founded the first ever NCUT
international students Athletics team and Basketball team in 2013.
At around the same time, the Rwandan Students Community in Beijing
trusted and elected me to become the president of our association. I
was honored, humbled and my desire to represent my African heritage
grew even more. The new responsibility that was given to me afforded
me the opportunity to meet various likeminded young Africans and we
even started to have football and basketball friendly matches to keep
up the African relation spirit.
Sports are fairly universal and linking them with personal cultural
heritage can be rather challenging. That is why, I started training as
high jumper which is similar to a traditional forgotten sport in
Rwanda called “Urukiramende”. I was very surprised to hear from my
coach that I actually had quite a knack for it! Later on, both my
father and grandfather told me that they were pretty good at
“Urukiramende”, my grandfather had even performed it at the king’s
court in his youth. That made me strive to break pre-existing records.
So, what are my achievements in Sports?
i. Founding the international NCUT athletics and basketball team 2013
ii. Reigning Champion in high jump 4 times in a row at NCUT
iii. I’m a part of the current relay(4x100m, 4x400m) record holder
team (all African team)
iv. Equaling the standing NCUT high jump record dating back to 1994.
v. Qualified to represent NCUT in Beijing all universities sports
meeting in the High jump category-2015
vi. Awarded 8th place certificate in Beijing all universities sports
meeting in the High jump 2016 and only African to qualify for the
Beijing City Level.
vii. Captain of the “Best organized team” in the “Friendship Envoy cup
2015”, Beijing Foreigners basketball games.
viii. Captain of NCUT Thunders, quarter finalist in the “NIULANSHAN
Cup 2016”, Beijing Foreigners basketball games.
ix. Multiple appearances on BTV to talk about cultural exchange through sports
And Why Journalism?
After living in Beijing for four years and driven by the willingness
to spread the true African image which to this day remains a mystery
to many Chinese and the eagerness to tell the wonderful stories of our
great continent, I started my journey into journalism. Where, through
China Investment Magazine (Africa edition), One of the leading
China-Africa magazines in China, I have the opportunity to work with
All the African Embassies, Journalists in African countries,
China-Africa Researchers and every China-Africa related institution or
company in order to have every single story told accurately.
Activities in Media:
i. Covering African events in China
ii. “Understanding Africa” – an investment opportunities and economy
focused article from a different African Ambassador to China every month
iii. Interview on China-Africa relationships through Embassies.
iv. Working with African journalists from different countries on a
different theme every month.
v. “African Images”- Collection and publication of True African images
in order to tell authentic everyday African stories.
i. Certificate of Appreciation as selectee in
“2014 Global Talent China Video Trailer”
ii. Certificate of Appreciation for being a volunteer during at
“commonwealth society of Beijing”2014
iii. Awarded as an outstanding member for excellent performance during
the “Future Leader and Youth Messenger” 2014 International Youth
iv. Certificate for the “Future Leader and Youth Ambassador”
Revisiting the Maritime Silk Road International Youth Summer Camp 2016