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When God Says YES!…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2015 by Marian Toure

BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY; You can achieve at the click of a finger what it takes others a whole lifetime to achieve.

Case in point?? DESTINY OR FATE? :: A 14-year old Ghanaian street vendor, Attah Abraham has won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

He won the award for his lead performance in a movie alongside Idris Elba.

Attah Abraham with his award and some cast members

Attah Abraham with his award and some cast members

Attah Abraham who is said to be without any acting background was picked from the streets of Ghana during the shooting of Netflix’s soon to be released movie “Beasts of No Nation.” Director of the movie, Cary Fukunaga according to the Business Insider said: “the lead in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was essentially a street vendor before we shot the film. [He had] zero film experience, little education…but he became a somewhat professional actor, which was astounding to watch.” Fukunaga added that, “his unlikely star’s name is Abraham Attah, and he is a 14-year-old who plays an 11-year-old child soldier in the film.

Abraham’s character joins a militant group from an unnamed West African country that is led by a brutal warlord, played by Idris Elba (“Luther”).”

The director explained that about 30 of the kids were also selected “and we did this theater workshop and tried scenes that were in the script, and we would improvise. The kids are fast learners, they quickly understood that the better they did the longer they stayed [ as potential casts].”

Abraham’s only acting experience could have been the war games he played with his fellow street kids in the little alleys where they lived and played.

Little did he imagine that mimicking the war scenes he may have watched on countless occasions in the movies would be his ticket out of poverty and that this was going to be the occasion when he gets honoured on an international stage but God knew the beginning from the end.

Lesson? Whatever you do, do with passion and unity of purpose. Things may be rough now but your ‘one day’ will come when you least expect it. I know so.
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Your Oppressor is Oppressed Too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2015 by Marian Toure
Motivation by Toure

Motivation by Toure

Oppression can take various forms and it can come from different angles – from home, work, school, church, in a relationship, the list is endless.

Sometime the least of those you think are capable of doing it, are your oppressors.

Unlike those who will be very overt about it, others are very subtle. You won’t believe it even it they confessed they were your oppressor.

But there’s a theory. And I know that perhaps you’ll agree with my theory. Like a cork in water, someone has to constantly hold it down for it to remain there. A cork is meant to float on water, not to sink because its paperweight light. This means someone has to intentionally and persistently hold the cork down for it to remain there. What the person holding the cork down doesn’t realise is that, as much as they hold the cork down, they hold themselves down too. You see, you have to exert energy and pressure on this cork for it to remain beneath the water.

Whiles you’re pressing the cork down; you’re pressing yourself down.

It is only when you release it that you also find freedom.

So your oppressor is also oppressed. They may not know it but they also under some form of oppression by oppressing you.

The longer they hold you down, the longer they hold themselves down.

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