African Proverb with Simon Okelo

“It’s not always the person who makes the fruit accessible that gets to eat it.” ~ Ethiopian Proverb

This proverb reminded me of the why that drives me personally. Seeing my family being able to do things that they once could not do or achieving goals that people said were unattainable. I also saw this proverb a stern reminder for the mission that has been given to me.

My procrastination is starving someone

My lack of action is starving someone

When I realize that the thing I am scared to do or that I have left on the table is meant to feed someone else it stung. Many of us can create valid excuses why we haven’t done “it” no matter what “it” may be. That excuse does not diminish the impact we can potentially have on our family, clients, our community, and even the world.

~ Altovise Pelzer

What does this #Zambian proverb mean to you?

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Meet Simon:

My na What does this #Zambian proverb mean to you? me is Simon Javan Okelo. I grew up in the slums of Manyatta in Kisumu, Kenya, serving as the Field Director of Solace International and Co-Director of the Young Generation Centre from 2002-2010 where I directed humanitarian projects in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, and South Sudan. I also worked as a DJ and producer, organizing Unite The People concerts in 2008 in the wake of post-election violence and founding One Vibe Africa.

I came to the US in 2010, and I have since organized events and digital campaigns celebrating the African diaspora locally and globally. For example, since 2014 I have organized Madaraka Festival at The Museum of POP Culture headlined by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sauti Sol, Blitz The Ambassador, Rocky Dawuni, Meklit Hadero, Nik West, Naomi Wachira, Karun, and other renowned grammy award winning artists.


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