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Africa News of Wednesday, 20 October 2021


A decade ago today, Gaddadi was killed: Here are five less known traits of his

The mention of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi sends shivers down the spine of his detractors. Gaddafi, until his death in late 2011 ruled Libya for over four decades after overthrowing King Idris I in 1951.

Most leaders across the globe have been critical of his leadership style, describing it as “cruel”. Several attempts were made to overthrow and assassinate him, but none was successful – the first coming in 1986 when the U.S. ordered a military strike in his compound.

Despite his dark side, Gadaffi had some positives by raising the standard of living of Libyans. Under his rule, per capita income in the country rose to more than $11,000, the fifth-highest in Africa.

Not only did he improve standards of living, Gaddafi’s Libya also boasts one of the best healthcare services in the Middle East and Africa. Education and medical treatments were all free under his watch.

He chalked several significant successes until he was murdered in 2011 after 42 years in power.

He never went anywhere without his favourite female entourage.

Gaddafi was known to enjoy the company of his entourage. According to reports, this entourage, mostly women, are always with him every time of the day. Apparently, his favorite posse member was a “voluptuous” blonde named Galyna.

He had an OCD-like fear

Gaddafi was reported to have exhibited some symptoms of OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Due to this, he had huge issues moving to the highest floors of buildings. He will usually stop at the 35th step.

He once paid people to attend his lecture.

Known to be a huge fan of women, Gaddafi reportedly paid a modeling agency to bring 500 women to one of his lectures in Rome in 2010.

In that lecture, he tried to convert the women to Islam.

Executed the largest irrigation project in the world

Due to the desert surrounding Libya, Gaddafi executed the largest irrigation project in the world. The man-made river was designed so water could be available to all Libyans.

The project, solely funded by his government is described as “the eighth wonder of the world.”

Gaddafi died the richest man in the world

Backed by oil wealth from his home country, Business Insider reports, Muammar Gaddafi died the richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of about 200 billion USD. He was richer than Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Carlos Slim combined.