African Proverbs with Simon Okelo

“The elephant never gets tired of carrying it’s tusks” ~ Liberian Proverb

This proverb was a great reminder not to forget that what we carry holds value. When we look at the people that have become successful we see that owning the value of what they bring to the table is important. Those that are wise learn that although the tusks are heavy, they hold value.

There is a weight that accompanies the value of something and it gives pride, ownership, & respect to the one carrying it. The experience of carrying our tusks teaches us if we are willing to listen.

Some will value the size of the tusks while other see something greater.

What does this #Liberian proverb mean to you?

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Meet Simon:

My name 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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