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|" NAIROBI Marcus Johansson Jersey , March 26 (Xinhua) -- While growing up, Reagan Mdogo Amalemba would never imagine that one day he would become a popular chef in an exotic restaurant located in an affluent suburb of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The 33-year-old father of two grew up in the rugged hills of Western Kenya where access to modern trappings was a mirage.
Amalemba enrolled in a public school where he nurtured the dream of pursuing an elite career that would offer a strategic escape from village drudgery.
His life's journey took a tragic turn when both parents died and he was forced to drop out of high school because of lack of school fees.
Amalemba's audacious spirit and ability to adjust quickly cushioned him from social ills that are associated with poor and unskilled youth.
Official statistics showed that there are over 60 Chinese restaurants in Nairobi, creating more than 1 Jesper Bratt Jersey ,300 jobs for locals.
Moreover, more than 90 percent chefs working in these restaurants are local Kenyans.
Now an accomplished chef in an upscale Chinese restaurant in Nairobi, his inspirational life's history, as told to Xinhua on Wednesday Miles Wood Jersey , could as well earn him a place in history.
""While fate conspired to deny me long cherished dream of a glamorous career, I held on to hope and optimism. Soon after dropping out of school, I navigated through a treacherous journey in Nairobi while searching for opportunities,"" said Amalemba.
In 2010 Michael Grabner Jersey , he applied for the position of a chef at Chinese Jinjiang restaurant located in an upmarket Nairobi suburb.
When Xinhua visited Jinjiang restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, Amalemba's prowess in preparing Chinese cuisine was evident.
In a record five minutes, he prepared Cantonese squid, star fry cabbage Brian Gibbons Jersey , griddle potatoes, sweet and sour pork whose taste and aroma was irresistible.
Amalemba credits Chinese mentors for his mastery of cuisine from the Asian giant.
""At first, I thought that preparing Chinese dishes was a herculean task. Like many Kenyans, I had minimal exposure to foreign cuisines. Surprisingly Pavel Zacha Jersey , the initial fear dissolved and currently I find it easier to cook and serve these dishes,"" Amalemba told Xinhua.
Currently a senior chef at Jinjiang restaurant, Amalemba is a model of inspiration to young Kenyans keen on learning the intricacies of preparing Chinese dishes.
Asked whether working at Jinjiang restaurant since 2010 has transformed his life, Amalemba answered in the affirmative and stated his desire to pursue a career in hospitality industry for the long haul.
""Since joining Jinjiang restaurant five years ago Cory Schneider Jersey , I can say that my life has taken a new turn. A steady and reasonable salary alongside good working environment have offered a much needed fulfillment,"" said Amalemba.
His knowledge of Chinese language, culture and cuisine has improved drastically for the past years.
""I can understand the meaning of key Chinese words, though am not able to speak the language fluently. Knowledge of the language makes it easier to communicate with clients Kyle Palmieri Jersey ,""Amalemba said.
During his five year stint at Jinjiang restaurant, Amalemba has mentored younger Kenyans who are now accomplished in preparing Chinese dishes.
Amalemba represents the new generation of Kenyans who have secured a lifeline from Chinese enterprises.
A once disadvantaged village boy is an inspiration to his peers, having secured a well paying and glamorous career.
""Some of my age mates wonder how I manage to cater for my family without a hustle and even extend financial support to siblings and other relatives,"" Amalemba said.
He revealed that Kenyan patrons at Jinjiang restaurant are proud of witnessing their own country folk prepare and serve Chinese cuisine.
The upscale Chinese restaurants dotting the Kenyan capital have struck a chord with local people with a taste for exotic cuisine.
Likewise Drew Stafford Jersey , the restaurants have cemented Sino-Kenya friendship and unleashed mutual benefits.
Liu Chi, the manager of Jinjiang restaurant, noted that Chinese cuisine has gained popularity among Kenyans.
""Kenyans love Chinese food and appreciates its wide variety of ingredients. Some of our Kenyan clients have even mastered the names of key dishes,"" Liu told Xinhua.
Jinjiang restaurant has employed 15 Kenyans and source ingredients from the local market.
Liu added that both the Chinese and Kenyan chefs have a mutual relationship that has enhanced knowledge sharing.
KABUL， April 21 (Xinhua)-- About 41 militants have been killed and 23 others wounded during clashes with security forces and airstrikes within the last 24 hours， the Afghan Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
"The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted military operations against enemies in 13 of the 34 Afghan provinces in past 24 hours. The ground forces were supported by the Afghan air force and artillery. The ANSF inflicted heavy casualties on the militants. But 10 army soldiers were also martyred during the above raids，" the ministry said in a statement.
Those killed included 21 Islamic State (IS) militants. Some 11 of the IS fighters also wounded after Afghan army and coalition forces launched airstrikes against an IS training center in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province， said the statement that provides daily operational updates.
The Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants recently as spring and summer known as fighting season is drawing near in the country.
The ANSF also seized weapons and defused several roadside bombs planted by the militants， the statement said.
The death also included three Taliban insurgents' local leaders named Eidi Mohammad， Mullah Khabeer and Mullah Qyyam， who had been killed after engagement with security forces in northern Badakhshan province on Wednesday.
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