03. Ruth the African Jasmine
In September 2006, 19-year-old Ruth came form Kenya as the first place winner of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition in Kenya and a winner of a scholarship from the Confucius Institute Headquarters to study at Tianjin Normal University, thus becoming the first student from the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi to study in China. During her Chinese courses at the Institute, she performed a duet with the visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and sang the popular Chinese song “Jasmine”.
After she came to China, Ruth became more passionate about Chinese songs and now makes regular appearances at major events in the country.
The year 2011 proved to be a fruitful year for her, because she chose to pursue a master’s degree after finishing her undergraduate courses, and her Chinese boyfriend finally proposed marriage after their two years together. Now Ruth is marrying into a Chinese family.