Born in the beautiful city of Casablanca, Morocco, her story is just so amazing that everyone needs to hear about it. Meet Hanane Thamik.
Hanane Thamik has a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Management and a Masters Degree in Audit and Governance obtained in Morocco. She did her second degree in International MBA at Wuhan University[China] where she obtained GPA 3,8. The excelling student was the best foreign student in International Marketing scoring 99,5%, Human Resources Management 96%, International Business and Management 95% and Accounting 94%.
Is that all? Well, she is currently studying for a PhD in E-Commerce still at Wuhan University. She got awarded the CSC scholarship in the School of Information Management which is the only one in China qualified to build the Ministry of Education of China. Hanane is honored to be part of the best research institutions in China. She says, "I chose E-Commerce as my major not only because E-Commerce at Wuhan University is ranked top in the world but also the purpose of using what I learn here to improve the Moroccan companies' understanding of China."
It is because of her vision to go back to Africa and improve lives that she deserves to be the Outstanding African Student 2018. Hanane won the award at the recently held Pride of Africa Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 hosted by Appreciate Africa Network in Beijing. She is indeed the Pride of Africa. She is also among the top 20 outstanding students of Wuhan University out of about 53 000 students.
In 2017 Hanane Thamik was chosen as the Ambassador of Wuhan city to the world. How does she represents a city in China as a foreigner? Hanane entered a competition held in the city called ' I'm Diplomat' with Chinese competitors which she won after different stages of debates and presentations. She describes the moment her name was called as undescribeable. "I worked so hard for the competition. I researched and read more on politics and law because I believed these were very important for business people."
She also participated in the UNESCO Talkmate Language Champion Challenge. Not only did she participate in the competition but in 4 different languages. She has reached the final and waiting for results to be announced in September. The winner will get funded to travel to the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. (The results are out and she got awarded Cultural Achievement Award for her contribution to the promotion of Linguistic Diversity in 2017-2018 UNESCO.)
She received an Invitation from Havard University School of Law which she was unable to meet due to some issues beyond her control.
ON SPEAKING MANY LANGUAGES.
Using the Chinese language was not a problem for Hanane as she can speak about 7 languages. English, Moroccan, Chinese, Arabic, French, Japanese and Danish. She is currently learning more languages which include German, Russian and Urdu. She says about how to to master a foreign language ,"...you need to build up your vocabulary with most common words. Make simple sentences so you are able to communicate simple and efficiently. Don't forget the words.." You can't help but laugh with her. She goes on to say, "I wish to speak all the languages of the United Nations."
ALL THIS WORK,DOES SHE HAVE MORE THAN 24 HOURS IN HER DAY?
"Everybody is asking me this kind of question you know," she laughs. " I'm doing a kind of timetable. Everything has it's time allocation. I'm also interested in online programs. I give 1 to 2 hours to languages and at night you can just read a book you know."
HOW DID SHE GET TO CHINA?
Hanane did it herself. Initially she wanted to go to Renmin University in Beijing but because she applied late they could not admit her. So she found Wuhan University online and applied. She got admitted. When one door closes another one opens. Such is the story of Hanane Thamik.
WHO IS BEHIND HER STRENGTH?
Plainly she says, "MY MOTHER." "My mother raised me as a single mother because my dad passed away when I was very young. She supported me financially and emotionally. My mother was afraid to let me come to China because I was quiet and an indoor person. My uncles convinced her to just let me go. My uncle said, "I got the chance to travel to Japan and some other countries but no one encouraged me. Just let her go. "Hanane goes on to says, "my mother did a lot for me and it's my duty to make her proud. I cannot just waste her money playing. The family is happy about what i am doing."
We cannot count all her blessing. Hanane Thamik shows us that we might not be as gifted as she is but we can do our best with what we have. It has never been an easy road for Hanane but her determination saw her through.
She says,"I love to be surrounded by people and make friends all over the world."
We celebrate with her and wish her the best.