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Stamford Apprentice star sparks Kim Jong Un Twitter storm

Kim Jong Un fury - Apprentice star Khadija Kalifab Photo: BBC
Kim Jong Un fury - Apprentice star Khadija Kalifab Photo: BBC

A Stamford star of top BBC One show The Apprentice sparked a Twitter storm after she admitted she didn’t know who North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was.

Khadija Kalifa, 28, was compared to the dictator as well as Russian leader Vladimir Putin after she led her girls’ team to victory against the boys in Wednesday night’s episode.

The jubilant cleaning entrepreneur said as she celebrated their crushing triumph over the hapless boys: “I have no idea who Kim Jong-un is.

“But to be so powerful, he must have done something right.”

Saluting her girls - some of whom rapped her no-holds-barred management style - Khadija added: “I’m very proud of all of them.”

But her shocking admission that she hadn’t heard of Kim Jong-un, who’s dominated world headlines for the last 18 months, ignited a barrage of reaction on Twitter.

One viewer declared: “Ok so the girl on the #apprentice just said: ‘Kim Jong-un, I have no idea who he is but he must have done something right to be so powerful.’ And I’m done...

“As if someone on the Apprentice said they didn’t know who Kim Jong Un is.”

Another social media critic said: “Ah, the Apprentice candidates just get better and better.

“How does someone who doesn’t know who Kim Jong-un is get on to the Apprentice?

“Has she lived under a shell for the last 5 years?”

Khadija grabbed centre stage in this week’s TV show after ruthlessly nabbing the role as girls’ project

They had to create, design and sell a comic book

Hard-hitting Khadija’s team won the tough challenge hands down after selling 14,500 copies of their comic featuring children’s character M.C. Gogo to retailers while the boys sold a lame 950

Apprentice candidate Khadija Kalifa shares her views on Wednesday night’s show with the Mercury:

“Kha-diva....My new nickname.

Thank you Rhod Gilbert for creating this on the ‘You’re Fired’ after show last night. Let’s get that trending on Twitter! Well safe to say I now know who Kim Jong-un is, thank you

I choose to read business books and keep negative news to a minimum in my life, that’s my prerogative, right? But thank you to the those that have been focussing on my Korean leader knowledge and not the fact that we smashed the task.

Remarkably I watched last night and didn’t actually cringe once this week.

I was proud of what we produced, proud of giving a clear objective and proud of how we all worked

Oh and spoiler alert, I won by 13,000 copies.

Yes okay, I could have allowed more suggestions and opinions, but we were on a time limit and sometimes, too many cooks spoil the broth.

If I was to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing. Us girls smashed it! M.C. Gogo rocks!

Make sure you tune in next week, I will try and be a bit less bossy”

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