Fifi Abdou was born on November 9, 1953. She has been described as “synonymous with belly dancing in the years she was performing.” In her acting career, she is known as the woman-empowering type where, rarely in Egyptian culture and film, she beats up and overpowers men.
This year 2011 was a big year for Egyptian actress Donia Ghanem, with the success of the second part of El Kabeer Awi TV series with Ahmed Mekky and Pepsi TV commercial which was aired throughout the month of Ramadan and a total of 8 projects this year, wel Donia will be pleased on her success.
Donia best of luck for year 2012.
As scientists around the world celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, bug expert Zeinab Abou El-Naga is traveling the globe to promote not just women in chemistry, but a renaissance for science in Egypt.
Welcome to the Mansoura University lab, where Dr. Zeinab Abou El-Naga has built up considerable expertise in the distinctly unsexy topic of bugs.
It’s an unpopular field in an unpopular profession, but Abou El-Naga, whose research on natural insecticides has captured respect and interest from around the world and gained her a “Women in Science” award from Wiley-VCH in July, is determined to stay and contribute to Egypt despite offers to work abroad.
It is a daunting challenge, explains Abou El-Naga, noting with a concerned smile the hectic work pace, lack of equipment and resources, the negative team energy among her peers as well as social barriers.
In the classroom, Abou El-Naga is an entomologist at Mansoura University’s Zoology Department. In the lab, she is a chemist, combining zoology, botany and chemistry to develop environmentally friendly insecticides from natural compounds found in local plants. “Chemistry alone is not enough. You only extract compounds whose benefits and uses are not defined,” she explains, “but zoology gives my discovery a social value, as it helps me identify the uses of these compounds. Through this, society would be able to better understand, appreciate and use the advancements.”
Abou El-Naga takes a green approach to her research. “We have to go back to nature in our food, medicine and even when we fight insects that God created — we have to fight them with God’s creation too, not something chemical that we invented. God didn’t create any useless plants or animals,” she elaborates. “We can’t keep violating the laws of nature by using chemicals. We have to find a way to secure ourselves in ways that don’t harm the coming generations.”
In 2008, she and her PhD supervisors, professors Mohamed Abou El-Dahb, Abed El-Raaof Salam and Mamdouh Abd El-Megid, extracted oils from a number of plants, including a very rare one growing in Sinai called Ipecacuanha. While parts of this plant are used for medicinal purposes, “it was the first time for someone to extract a compound from it,” Abou El-Naga notes. “But due to the lack of technology and the limited research tools in our labs, we weren’t able to analyze its chemical structure nor define its uses.”
Lamitta is an intelligent woman and she succeeded in modelling, acting and as Miss Lebanon’s runner up. Here we represent an exclusive interview of Lamitta.
How did you start your modelling career?
Ever since I was a child people were always telling me that I should try out modelling and acting. I already grew up loving the cinema. so I was easily convinced that I should do just that. I first started perusing my modelling career at the age of 13.
Are you happy with the feedback from the movie?
Yes, I’m extremely happy. Because of that movie I have been offered several other roles, and all Egyptians now know who I am.
How has modelling helped you in your acting career?
It has helped me become a lot more comfortable in front of a camera and in live performances. It also taught me how to become a strong independent woman.
You are a model and an actress, which do you like more?
Being an actress. Modelling will always be a big part of my life but now I am focusing on my acting career.
What are your upcoming projects?
I might be working on a show in Egypt but I’m still looking at offers.
What’s your motto in life?
Life is too short, so we have to enjoy it as much as we can. Living a simple life is the best and try not to waste too much time grieving.
How does it feel being a desirable and sexy woman?
It makes you feel confident in who you are.
If you were given a chance to go back in time, would you have changed anything?
Yes, I would have come to Egypt and started my acting career earlier.
What songs do you have on your iPod?
I’m crazy about Rihanna, so you’ll definitely find all her songs on my iPod. You will also find Usher, Akon, Chris Brown and Mariah Carey, who is my idol. I love her music and wish I could be as gifted as she is.
What’s left on your wish list?
It’s a very long list but I have to say acting is on top of my list and that’s because it has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. I feel like I still have a lot to offer and give to my career.
Beautiful and Young Egyptian actress Mirna Al Muhandis has refused circulating rumors that she intends on wearing the Islamic headdress Hijab again after having taking it off in the past.
Mirna stated that she has no intention of wearing the hijab in the current period. The actress stated that what concerns her these days is presenting works that meet the expectations of her fans.
Mirna said that she was very pleased with the role she played in the recent television drama “Abed Karaman” and was very happy about the positive feedback she received from viewers.
Ghada Adel was born December 25, 1974 in Benghazi in Libya. Her father is Egyptian and her mother Syrian. she graduated in commerce from the University of Carrions. Ghada Adel is married to the producer and director Majdi Al Hawari who has discovered her talent and presented her as a new face in cinema. They have 2 daughters and two sons.
Hanan Tork was born on March 7, 1975. She was also former ballerina. She was born as: Hanan Hassan Mohamed Abd El-Karim and is sometimes credited as Hanane Turk and Hanan Turk. She is a sister to two brothers: Hussein and Hossam. Her father owned his own factory for clothes (Eltorki for Dresses).
Egyptian controversial singer/actress Ruby has expressed her astonishment at having her film “Al Shawq” (Desire) nominated for the prestigious Oscars Awards in the foreign film category. Ruby stressed that she was not expecting such a nomination and is very happy and honored, considering a mere nomination a major sign of success for the film.
The film stars Ruby and her sister Kuki along with actors Ahmad Azmi and Sawsan Badr. It is directed by Khaled Al Hajar.
According to “Rozal Youssef” magazine actors Ahmed Helmy and Mohamed Henaidy and actress Mona zaki top the chart for the most paid actors on television. They each get 100 thousand Egyptian pounds per episode. Following them is actress Yossra who gets 15 thousand dollars per episode for her role in the TV program “The people want” with Tony Khalifa. Following that stars like Ghada Abdel Razek , Menna Shalaby and May Ezz El Din who get paid between 70 – 90 thousand Egyptian pounds, for appearing in any talk shows. On top of them all is legendary actor Adel Imam who’s appearance isn’t much due to his exaggerated financial demands, he demands 100 thousand dollars per episode.
Amina K. is one of Egypt’s rising stars. Her fabrics are Egyptian, her styles are twists on traditional clothes like the vest and gallabaya. She mixes prints and textures fearlessly, wields a mean asymetric cut and ends up with a jaunty millenial look.
The international fashion world, Amina Khalila points out, has long-since incorporated East Asian and African elements into its design vocabulary, but Egypt’s unique colors, designs and fabrics have been ignored.
This 24-year-old Egyptian woman is changing all that.