African Proverb with Simon Okelo

“There are three friends in life: courage, sense and insight.” ~ Nigerian Proverb

This proverb gave me great insight. If we remove either courage, sense, or insight we become vulnerable. That vulnerability can take us to a place of immaturity when it comes to how we act and react to life’s circumstances.

I can be honest and say that there have definitely been times when I did not invite all three to my life party. (I can still feel the sting from some of those moments) As I grow wiser and more mature I find myself being more conscious of how I allow these three friends to show up in my life. This particular proverb is one that is relative when it comes to how we do business as well.

~ Altovise Pelzer

What does this #Nigerian 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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