Barely a week after Chelsea billionaire Roman Abramovich failed to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro, another popular A-lister is in Tanzania on the same mission. US award-winning rapper Kanye West is in Arusha and will be around for a week.
Chelsea owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich collapsed last week while attempting to ascent Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanian porters carried him to safety after the billionaire experienced breathing problems, and what appeared to be altitude sickness, at around 15,000 feet above sea level.
Kanye West arrived in Dar es Salaam on Sunday night and boarded a plane to an exclusive resort in Arusha. He begins to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro today.
Kanye’s visit comes at a time when controversy surrounds him, following his indecent act at the MTV VMA awards.
Kanye stole the show for the wrong reasons at the awards on Saturday night, when he invaded the stage and grabbed the microphone just as Taylor Swift, a teenage country star who was part way through her acceptance speech for the prize known as a Moon man (for best female video), saying that the award should have gone elsewhere. The rapper later made a written apology.
West has a history of taking umbrage at music awards, notably complaining loudly, a few years ago, after failing to win at the VMA’s, the Grammy’s and the American Music Awards.