Let’s quickly look into the life of Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Things you probably may not know about this fascinating personality. Here are some interesting facts about Volodymyr Zelensky
Who is Volodymyr Zelensky?
20. His full name is Volodymyr Oleksadrovych Zelensky. He was born January 25, 1978 in Kryvyi, Ukraine. Zelensky married Olena Zelenska in 2003, and they both have two beautiful children together; Kyrylo Zelensky and Oleksandra Zelenska.
Do you know Volodymyr Zelensky was formally a comedian, writer, actor and a producer?. Let’s look more deep into each of them
19. How did he become a comedian?
President Zelensky has a great sense of humour. It’s actually a gift from God maybe. But became outstanding comedian in Ukraine all of a sudden, making people smile, laugh and just have a good time. Zelensky played a Presidential role in a popular Television Show which made him very popular. He joked of becoming President of Ukraine, something many Ukrainians saw impossible. But he proved them wrong.
The first round of polls gave him in the lead with 30.4% of total votes casts. Zelensky later won with massive endorsement from Ukrainians with 73.23% of the vote in the second round.
18. Zelensky wrote several plays alongside playing acting roles. He formed his own production company called Kvartal in 1995, making him produced more TV shows, funny cartoons. A more popular one he produced was Servant of the people. His name was all over the place. The TV series was aired for a period of four years, from 2015 to 2019. This was magical.
17. Has a Jewish blood
Though Volodymyr Zelensky is a Ukrainian national, he’s of Jewish blood which makes him Israeli too. He was born to two Jewish parents in Ukraine. His dad, a Jewish professor and mother a Jewish engineer.
16. Speaks Ukrainian, Russian and fluent in English
He grew up speaking Russian and Ukrainian native language but at age 16, Zelensky passed his first test in English. Which was a foreign language and wildly spoken in the country. He later received scholarship to upgrade his education in Israel but his father disallowed him though he has Israeli ancestry.
15. Both his parents are still alive
Meet parents of Ukrainian leader.
14. Volodymyr Zelensky once lived in Mongolia
Ukrainian President Zelensky once lived in Mongolia. At a tender age, he travelled with his parents to Mongolia, Erdenet where he lived with his grandmother. They lived there for four years and later returned to Ukraine, Kryvyi where he schooled.
13. He loved sports during school times
Zelensky engaged in several sporting activities growing up. As early as 17, he joined several sporting events
12. Net worth
President Zelensky is said to be worth approximately $600million. He’s acquired some properties along his career path. Right from becoming a comedian, writer, actor, producer and now a politician.
Now let’s delve a little more into Russian-Ukraine war. How is Zelensky working to demilitarize Russia?. What’s the “Ukraine as big Israel” agenda?. Why is Ukraine becoming powerful?
11. His bravery, grit and fearlessness
First let’s look at how brave he is. Volodymyr Zelensky is one of the bravest leaders in the 21st century. Days into the war, the United States told him his life was at risk and had to leave Ukraine. But he said no, he was in no way going to leave Ukraine. “I need ammunition, not a ride” he said:USA wanted to move Zelensky from Kyiv for his safety. He said no “I need ammunition, not a ride”
President Zelensky said“We will become a big Israel with its own face. We will not be surprised if we have representatives of armed forces or the National Guard in cenimas, supermarkets, and with people with weapons”
10. He led Ukraine into war against Russia
This one is obviously known to all. “If Russia stop attacking, there will be no war and if Ukraine stop fighting, there will be no more Ukraine” Mawunya
Imagine living peacefully in your home as the bread winner or caretaker and all of a sudden, an invader or intruder comes and begins to beat your siblings. What would you do as someone who love your family?. The answer is simple. You’ll surely fight back if you’re not a coward. This is exactly what Zelensky has done.
9. Zelensky is now one of the most powerful leaders in the world
Many will ask; Why is Ukraine becoming powerful and a global topic. Well the answer is simple. It’s Zelensky. Putin and Russia are doing a great job, selling Ukraine to the world while their country is isolated and in state of oblivion at a moment. All of a sudden everyone is talking about the positives of Ukraine, ignoring mighty Russia, a global power. Businesses are boycotting Russia, leaders want Russia to be suspended from meetings so that Ukraine could be fixed including G7 and G20 leaders.
Let’s take a look at other interesting facts about Volodymyr Zelensky
8. A group of European politicians nominate him for Nobel Peace Prize
Weeks into the war, a groups European leaders wrote to the NobelPeacePrize. Committee for him to receive the prestigious award. The European leaders believe Volodymyr Zelensky have played a significant role, by standing strong to “a bully country, Russia and its President, Putin”. Read more:Group of European politicians nominate Ukrainian President Zelensky for Nobel Peace Prize
7. His social media accounts are the fastest growing accounts since the war begun
One social media platform he uses most is twitter. Zelensky had nearly 500,000 twitter users following him when the war begun, yes Mawunya checked pretty well. Now, his account has grown exponentially over time. He’s now at 6.2million followers on twitter alone. The account is growing at fast speed which could soon hit 10million and eventually 100million. And that’s twitter alone.
6. A charismatic leader
Almost everyone like President Zelensky. His endorsement in 2019, garnering over 70% of the votes is evidence to that. The man of the people, obviously.
5. President Zelensky was nearly assassinated
Zelensky was close to being assassinated according to Ukrainian media. First month of the war, Ukrainian government reported that a group of assailants tried to kill the President on two occasions but failed
- President Zelensky survives 3 assassination attempts
- Zelensky visits wounded soldiers at the hospital (Video)
4. He’s 1.7m tall
President Zelensky is not all that tall. He is 1.7m tall. But here’s what makes it more interesting. Zelensky has the same height as the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Putin is also 1.7m tall
3. He contested in 2019 as an independent candidate
Here is interesting fact about Volodymyr Zelensky. He became President of Ukraine as an independent candidate. He is not affiliated to any political party or any bureaucratic dispensation.
2. Zelensky is a good negotiator
The Ukrainian President is an excellent negotiator. Experts have studied him from afar and have revealed how the President have managed to bring all these great leaders to his side.
1. He’s a brilliant communicator
He has managed to use social media brilliantly since the war begun. He’s always on twitter, tagging leaders, and appreciating them for how they have been helpful to Ukraine. Watch one of his videos below.