African Proverbs with Simon Okelo

“Nice Talk can break the bones of a ghost” ~ Nigerian Proverb

This is how I broke down this proverb during the Daily African Proverbs room on Clubhouse. I thought about the conversations that we have with ourselves and the how the ghost with bones could be our past experiences. I have learned over time that communication is one of the most powerful tools that we have known to man.

When we have great communication we are stronger.

When we have poor communication than all heck breaks loose

When look in the bible there is a story shared about when all the people were able to communicate they tried to build a ladder to heaven. Imagine that!

Even today, the breakdown of communication from one generation to the next or from one nationality to the next that creates distance. It also fuels frustration and isolation. I had to compliment Simon on what he has been doing because it is the real life depiction of this African Proverb.

It is powerful and speaks to what can be created in the the world to break the bones of ghosts.

What is your interpretation of this #Nigerian proverb?

~ Altovise

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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