Meet A.G.R. Anastase – Rwanda



  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.

Other achievements:

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

Summer Camp

iv. Certificate for the “Future Leader and Youth Ambassador”

Revisiting the Maritime Silk Road International Youth Summer Camp 2016


  1. Daniella

    You deserve this award Anastase I know u will make it ….wsh u all the bst

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  4. Christine

    Baby brother, I knew you will become somebody! Proud of your hard work.

  5. Charles

    Good work Anastasie. Go for it you have what it takes to win. Keep it up.

  6. Chrilla

    Armene deserves this award more than anyone! Rooting for you!! Pride of Rwanda, Pride of Africa!

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