African Proverbs with Simon Okelo

“Save your fowl before it stops flapping.” ~ Ethiopian Proverb

This proverb made me reflect on the things and people that nourish us. Are we reciprocating that same level of appreciation and love? Are we showing gratitude without being asked?

At some point the people and things we value will no longer be available to us. Oceans are becoming polluted and loved ones pass on. This is a great reminder to give people their flowers while they are still living. (or before it stops flapping) Appreciation goes a long way and it start with simply saying “thank you”.

So, let me start by saying thank you to all the people who come to the #OurVoiceMatters blog to read, share and support. You are appreciated and I hope you are doing well.

~ Altovise

What does this #Ethiopian 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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