Ricardo Almeida

From: São Paulo, Brazil

Unogwaja is is a journey through a collective (and universal) African mind, heart and spirit, using inspiration as a fundamental value to rescue humanity from the deep burdens of hopelessness that it sometimes falls into.

10 years ago, I was diagnosed with 6 benign liver tumors. The doctors pointed out one main cause for my poor health: the ridiculously stressful life I was leading while running two startup companies in extremely tough markets. I went through an 18-hour surgery to remove half of my liver, barely surviving the procedure; and started a complicated recovery process. I kept the same habits for several years. Later, right when my wife got pregnant, I received new blood exams that weren’t exactly “positive”. Well… I then decided to change my life.

At 101kg, I took a long breath and, in one day, decided to start running, change my eating habits and simply cut off any kind of unnecessary worries. The plan was actually quite simple; to balance health in order to enjoy life at its fullest. It worked.

My two companies; an advertising agency and a self-publishing website; are doing just fine despite the extremely tough environment in Brazil. I discovered that the best way to overcome challenges is just to keep calm, thing rationally and push on.

I also have two amazing girls, one aged 5 and the other just 4 months old. Believe me – it also is a big challenge to bring up children. However, it is also the best thing in the world to do, and I am proud of what my wife and I are accomplishing.

Other than that, I also published 5 books in the last years and am happy with them.

My weight dropped a lot since I discovered my passion for sports and I currently weigh around 70kg with a perfect bill of health. In fact, I was just diagnosed as 100% clear this year.

The fact that I’m alive, healthy and happy after almost dying, running different companies in a developing market, raising two kids, writing 5 books and running and cycling like crazy does kind of make a point, I guess. All of these things have their own big challenges, after all.

I’d say that my best quality is dealing with pressure; life taught me that.

I do understand, of course, that the training part of Unogwaja preparation will be the toughest one time-wise, but I’m really sure I’m up to it and that everything is kind of perfect in this road to Africa.

Donations by Ricardo Almeida in 2018

Date Donated By Amount Twitter Account Comment
19 Sep 2017 Anonymous R200 -
21 Sep 2017 Anonymous R500 -
23 Sep 2017 Anonymous R5000 -
03 Oct 2017Nato AmaralR1100@natocomradesHey Ricardo, you are an incredible person and deserve to take part on this unique journey of the heart. The role of writing a book telling this inspiring and emotional story couldn't be in better hands. Enjoy the ride, my dear friend. And congratulations for helping to build this legacy not only in South Africa but in Brazil as well.
09 Oct 2017 Anonymous R5000 -
10 Oct 2017 Anonymous R13300 -
31 Oct 2017EduR1400@edulh#GoBrazil!!! #GoRicardo
10 Dec 2017 Anonymous R4200 -
10 Jan 2018 Anonymous R4000 -
20 Feb 2018Mário MendesR25000
12 May 2018 Dr. John LaughtonR700