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Encyclopedia > Zomahoun Idossou Rufin

Zomahoun Idossou Rufin (b. June 15, 1964), popularly known as Zomahon (ゾマホン), is a Beninese foreign personality (gaijin tarento) in Japan. June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... A gaijin tarento (外人タレント) is a foreign celebrity (gaijin) active exclusively or almost exclusively in Japan. ...


Zomahoun was born in Dassa-Zoumé, Benin. He attended Benin National University and Beijing University of Language and Culture in Beijing, China. Since 1996, he has been a student at Sophia University in Tokyo, where he is completing a Ph.D. in sociology. He can speak Yoruba, Fon, French, English, Chinese and Japanese. Dassa-Zoumé, often shortened to Dassa, is a city in Benin, on the Cotonou to Parakou railway and the main north-south highway. ... (help· info) (IPA peiË© tɕɪŋ˦), a city in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Sophia University ) is a private university, with its main campus located in Yotsuya, an area of Tokyos Chiyoda Ward. ... Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized central area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Social interactions of people and their consequences are the subject of sociology studies. ... Yoruba (native name Yorùbá) is a dialect continuum of sub-Saharan Africa. ... Fon (native name FÉ”ngbe) is part of the Gbe language cluster and belongs to the Kwa sub-family of the Niger-Congo languages. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


In 1998, Zomahoun was "discovered" by a TBS executive and became a cast member of Koko ga hen da yo, nihonjin (ここがヘンだよ日本人 This is strange, Japanese people). He was one of the show's leading stars until its end in 2002. With the help of host Takeshi Kitano, Zomahoun built four schools in Benin, two of which are named after Kitano (Takeshi Elementary School and Takeshi Japanese School). 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Tokyo Broadcasting System, Incorporated (株式会社東京放送, Kabushiki Gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō, commonly referred to as TBS) (TYO: 9401) is a television network in Tokyo, Japan. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Takeshi Kitano at Cannes, 2000 Takeshi Kitano (北野 æ­¦, Kitano Takeshi, b. ...


He won a People's Honor Award in Benin in 2002 because these achievement were recognized. For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...


Award

  • The World Highest Young Men's Award (JCI) (2001)
  • People's Honor Award (in Benin) (2002)

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs with nearly a quarter of a million members and millions of alumni. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...

External links

  • Official website (Japanese)

 
 

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