Former housekeeper now owner of 5 star luxury hotel…it’s stories like these to live for

By Tafadzwa Hove

In a positive story which is making rounds on the internet a former housekeeper who used to work at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the United States is now the owner of a five star luxurious hotel. Souadou Niang is the owner of Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel in Dakar, Senegal.

She told BBC Africa that ,”I started out cleaning toilets. Today, I am the manager of my own five-star boutique hotel with 60 employees.

Born and raised in Dakar, Niang moved to the U.S. at the age of 18. She went from New York to Washington, DC, where she applied for work at the Ritz-Carlton to help pay for her academic fees.

Niang worked cleaning rooms at the hotel for 10 years while also studying. Throughout those years, she always dreamt that she would someday become more successful in the field. Indeed, she later got a job with the management team at the same hotel she started working as a housekeeper.

Niang further said ,”I rose through the ranks and that’s where I got the passion. I said one day I will go back to my country and show that luxury and quality of service can be achieved there.”

And she did exactly that! She launched Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel upon returning to Dakar, Senegal in 2017. However, the journey was not a bed of roses. She experienced rejections from several banks mainly because she is a woman. Not until one investor believed in her determination and took the risk to invest in her project.

Now, Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel is a famous five-star hotel which is run by a staff of 80% female. Niang chose to hire more women as she believes in their potential.

Moreover, she hopes to expand the hotel locations across Africa and even internationally.

She comments, “My dream is to conquer Africa, and why not the world. As the international hotel franchises in Africa, we should be able to adapt our Afro-chic boutique hotels in Western countries, and show African women can run luxury boutique hotels with the same standards as the international hotels.”

He started with only R800 (US$56),now makes R20 000(US$1 400) per month

By Tafadzwa Hove

In an amazing story which is circulating on social media ,a young man from South Africa has inspired a lot of netizens  by his street hustle business . The man Itumeleng Lekomanyane (29) is the founder of Sandwich Ntam Ntam a street hustle which is focused on sandwiches and scones.

This shows that anything is possible in this life if you put in hardwork ,consistency  and patience to it . This story supports the famous saying,”anything big starts small”,as Lekomanyane is now earning an income of R20 000 ( US$ 1400) after getting started with only R800 (US$56).

Lekomanyane now has 5 stations where he conducts his street hustle and has even employed four people.

Coffin maker becomes millionaire as meteorite crashes through his wall

By Tafadzwa Hove

A coffin maker, Josua Hutagulang who is based in Indonesia has become a millionaire overnight after a meteorite from space landed on his house.

The rock which is worth £1.4 million fell through the roof of Josua’s house as he was working on a coffin next to his house.

The meteorite, weighing 2.1kg was still warm and partially broken when the man brought it out from where it landed.

Daily Mail reported that , residents who heard the sound when the rock landed came to his house to have a look of it, according to Josua.

The rock was bought by a doctor and meteorite collector in the United States of America identified as Jay Piatek. Josua vowed to use part of his money to build a church in his community.

Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther star dies

By Tafadzwa Hove

Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman has died from colon cancer. He was 43.

He was diagnosed with colon cancer 4 years ago but had not disclosed the news to the public. His publicist, wrote on Twitter, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,”.

“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement revealed.

Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area in the presence of his wife and family.

Jerusalema hits 100 million views on YouTube

By Tafadzwa Hove

The popular hit Jerusalem by South African singer Master KG has amassed a total of 100 million views on YouTube. The hit was released 8 months ago.

Jerusalema has become the first South African Music video to ever reach that figure. Actually , only few videos from Africa have been able to heap up over a hundred million views within a short period of time like this.

Jerusalema took the world by storm, yielding to a viral dance challenge that has seen the song continue to rise in popularity.

“Dreams Are Valid Don’t Sleep On Your Self” We Did It @nomcebozikode Thank You World”, the Jerusalema hit maker wrote on Instagram.

Usain Bolt tests positive for covid-19

By Tafadzwa Hove

Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt has tested positive for covid-19 after attending a birthday party. He celebrated his 34th birthday in his native, Jamaica with a party.

Bolt hosted other sports stars including Raheem Sterling of Manchester City, Leon Bailey as well as other stars.

Nationwide90FM reports that the 100 and 200 – metre world record holder will now be in self-isolation as a result of contracting the deadly virus.

Brilliant black teen accepted into 65 universities in the US

By Tafadzwa Hove

A black teenager, identified as Taran Richardson has been accepted into 65 universities in the United States of America after graduating from High School.

The young athlete and salutatorian has settled on Howard University where he will be studying astrophysics, Tafadzwaprivyblog.wordpress.com has learned.

“I wanted to have that good stress, having too many options rather than losing the option I wanted the most and not knowing where I wanted to go next,” Richardson said.

While in high school, he enjoyed participating in extracurricular activities as an Eagle Scout and also an advocate against gun violence. He did that while working a job as well.

You can watch Richardson in the video link below

Nicki Minaj announces she is pregnant via Instagram

By Tafadzwa Hove

American rapper Nicki Minaj announced the sweet news through her Instagram account.

“Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes.💛”, Minaj wrote a caption.

This is the 37 year old’s first child with husband Kenneth Petty who is her childhood ‘s friend. They married each other August 2019 after they filed a marriage license.

Here are the maternity pictures below :

Naya Rivera ‘s son says he saw her disappear beneath the water

By Tafadzwa Hove

Police have confirmed that Naya Rivera ‘s four year old son said he saw her mother disappear beneath the water. The son also said his mother didn’t return back in the boat after he had got back in the boat.

Rivera went missing after a trip to Lake Piru, California with her son, Josey 4,who was later found sleeping alone on a boat by another boater.

The Glee actress had been swimming with her son in the lake where she is presumed to have drowned.

Recently, it was reported that the police said they might never be able to recover her body due to Lake Piru ‘s terrible visibility.

However, the search for the missing actress is continuing according to reports as the Ventura Police said they are trying to bring closure to the family.

Actress Naya Rivera first rose to fame as a cast member of the musical TV series Glee, which aired from 2009-2015.

Ghanaian woman makes history as she completes neurology residency

By Tafadzwa Hove

A Ghanaian woman identified as Dr Denise.A Asafo-Adjei has made Ghana and Africa as well proud as she became the first black woman to complete a residency in neurology at Columbia University.

The woman announced this relatively rare and difficult accomplishment on Instagram.

She wrote, “I am super proud to be the first black woman to complete Residency in Urology at Columbia University.”

No black woman has ever completed residency at Columbia University until now.

The smart Ghanaian doctor gave thanks to God, parents, siblings, family, friends, mentors, sponsors and her boyfriend .

“It truly takes a village to raise a doctor, “, she further said.

She also shared that she was excited to start her first day of fellowship the next coming day at UCLA in Andrology (Sexual Dysfunction and Male Infertility)