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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 the 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.

AFIA Podcast Simon Javan Okelo

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 438 Ratings

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 the 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.

    The Power of Kindness | Honey Catches More Flies Than Vinegar | AFIAPodcast | African Proverbs

    The Power of Kindness | Honey Catches More Flies Than Vinegar | AFIAPodcast | African Proverbs

    The African proverb "Honey catches more flies than vinegar" means that it is better to be kind and respectful, even to those who are not kind to you. Kindness is always the best way to get ahead in life, both personally and professionally.In this video, we will explore the power of kindness and how it can benefit us in all areas of our lives. We will also share three nuggets of wisdom about kindness from African proverbs.3 Nuggets of Wisdom:"A kind word is like a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day.""Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.""A kind act is never wasted."Join me on the #AFIAPodcast at 6 am PST/4 pm EAT on YouTube @okelojavan to listen to the full interview and share your thoughts in the comments below.SUBSCRIBE to get Daily African Proverbs and their meaning in your life https://rb.gy/jdavpn#MadarakaFestival: https://madarakafestival.com/My New Book: Get your copy of Rooted In Love and dive deep into the world of love, and self-discovery. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/rooted-in-loveRESOURCES:1. Descript: Get the perfect production setup with Descript - the audio and video editing experts that make sure your content looks top-notch. https://www.descript.com/?lmref=877QnQ2. Hostwinds: Get your web hosting sorted with HostWinds – the Webhosting experts that make sure you don't have to worry about your website. https://www.hostwinds.com/12980.html3. Ecamm: Get the perfect streaming setup with Ecamm Live - the live streaming experts that make sure your show looks polished and professional. https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=simon804, Gusto: Looking for a reliable and user-friendly payroll and HR solution for your business? Look no further than Gusto! https://gusto.com/d/simon6633******************************📱 LET'S GET SOCIAL💢 🅵🅾🅻🅻🅾🆆 🅼🅴 🅾🅽:-------💖 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/okelojavan/💖 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkeloJavan💖 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OkeloJavan/💖 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@okelojavan #MadarakaFest2024 #MadarakaFestUSATour #MadarakaFest10yrs #MadarakaFestival #MusicForChange #SocialTransformation #UnityThroughMusic #livenation #education #seattledrumschool #drumgiving #AFIAPodcast #LiveonAmp #OneVibeTV #Seattle #MusicFestival #Music #Education #EventProducer #LiveEvent #MadarakaFestival #MadarakaFestUSA #AfricanDiaspora#kenya #food #MadarakaCoffeeBlend #EastAfricanMusicToTheWorld #uganda #Tanzania

    • 44 min
    Never Give a Dog a Second Bone Until He Has Finished the First One | Uganda Proverb | AFIAPodcast

    Never Give a Dog a Second Bone Until He Has Finished the First One | Uganda Proverb | AFIAPodcast

    This Ugandan proverb has many interpretations, but it is generally seen as a warning against being too greedy or impatient. It is important to focus on one task at a time and to finish what you start before moving on to something new.Here are three nuggets of wisdom from this proverb:1. Don't overcommit yourself. It's better to focus on a few things and do them well than to spread yourself too thin and end up doing everything poorly.2. Be patient. It takes time to achieve your goals. Don't try to rush things or you'll be more likely to make mistakes.3. Be grateful for what you have. Don't always be looking for the next best thing. Appreciate the good things in your life and focus on making them even better.Join me on the #AFIAPodcast at 6 am PST/4 pm EAT on YouTube @okelojavan to listen to the full interview and share your thoughts in the comments below.SUBSCRIBE to get Daily African Proverbs and their meaning in your life https://rb.gy/jdavpn#MadarakaFestival: https://madarakafestival.com/My New Book: Get your copy of Rooted In Love and dive deep into the world of love, and self-discovery. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/rooted-in-loveRESOURCES:1. Descript: Get the perfect production setup with Descript - the audio and video editing experts that make sure your content looks top-notch. https://www.descript.com/?lmref=877QnQ2. Hostwinds: Get your web hosting sorted with HostWinds – the Webhosting experts that make sure you don't have to worry about your website. https://www.hostwinds.com/12980.html3. Ecamm: Get the perfect streaming setup with Ecamm Live - the live streaming experts that make sure your show looks polished and professional. https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=simon804, Gusto: Looking for a reliable and user-friendly payroll and HR solution for your business? Look no further than Gusto! https://gusto.com/d/simon6633******************************📱 LET'S GET SOCIAL💢 🅵🅾🅻🅻🅾🆆 🅼🅴 🅾🅽:-------💖 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/okelojavan/💖 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkeloJavan💖 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OkeloJavan/💖 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@okelojavan#MadarakaFest2024 #MadarakaFestUSATour #MadarakaFest10yrs #MadarakaFestival #MusicForChange #SocialTransformation #UnityThroughMusic #livenation #education #seattledrumschool #drumgiving #AFIAPodcast #LiveonAmp #OneVibeTV #Seattle #MusicFestival #Music #Education #EventProducer #LiveEvent #MadarakaFestival #MadarakaFestUSA #AfricanDiaspora#kenya #food #MadarakaCoffeeBlend #EastAfricanMusicToTheWorld #uganda #Tanzania

    • 33 min
    Patience is an Egg That Hatches Large Birds | Zimbabwe Proverb | AFIAPodcast

    Patience is an Egg That Hatches Large Birds | Zimbabwe Proverb | AFIAPodcast

    Patience is a virtue, and it's especially important when it comes to achieving your goals. In this video, we'll take a look at the Zimbabwe proverb "Patience is an egg that hatches large birds" and explore three nuggets of wisdom that can help you be more patient in your life.3 Nuggets of Wisdom:1. Big things take time. Don't expect to achieve your biggest goals overnight. Be patient and persistent, and you will eventually reach your destination.2. Enjoy the journey. Don't get so focused on the end result that you forget to enjoy the process. Take your time and savor each step along the way.3. Don't give up. Things won't always go according to plan. But if you're patient and persistent, you can overcome any obstacle.Join me on the #AFIAPodcast at 6 am PST/4 pm EAT on YouTube @okelojavan to listen to the full interview and share your thoughts in the comments below.SUBSCRIBE to get Daily African Proverbs and their meaning in your life https://rb.gy/jdavpn#MadarakaFestival: https://madarakafestival.com/My New Book: Get your copy of Rooted In Love and dive deep into the world of love, and self-discovery. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/rooted-in-loveRESOURCES:1. Descript: Get the perfect production setup with Descript - the audio and video editing experts that make sure your content looks top-notch. https://www.descript.com/?lmref=877QnQ2. Hostwinds: Get your web hosting sorted with HostWinds – the Webhosting experts that make sure you don't have to worry about your website. https://www.hostwinds.com/12980.html3. Ecamm: Get the perfect streaming setup with Ecamm Live - the live streaming experts that make sure your show looks polished and professional. https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=simon804, Gusto: Looking for a reliable and user-friendly payroll and HR solution for your business? Look no further than Gusto! https://gusto.com/d/simon6633******************************📱 LET'S GET SOCIAL💢 🅵🅾🅻🅻🅾🆆 🅼🅴 🅾🅽:-------💖 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/okelojavan/💖 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkeloJavan💖 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OkeloJavan/💖 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@okelojavan#MadarakaFest2024 #MadarakaFestUSATour #MadarakaFest10yrs #MadarakaFestival #MusicForChange #SocialTransformation #UnityThroughMusic #livenation #education #seattledrumschool #drumgiving #AFIAPodcast #LiveonAmp #OneVibeTV #Seattle #MusicFestival #Music #Education #EventProducer #LiveEvent #MadarakaFestival #MadarakaFestUSA #AfricanDiaspora#kenya #food #MadarakaCoffeeBlend #EastAfricanMusicToTheWorld #uganda #Tanzania

    • 31 min
    To Catch a Cricket One Must Move Slowly | African Proverb Wisdom | AFIAPodcast

    To Catch a Cricket One Must Move Slowly | African Proverb Wisdom | AFIAPodcast

    In this video, we explore the African proverb "To catch a cricket one must move slowly." This wise saying teaches us the importance of patience and perseverance in all aspects of life.Here are three nuggets of wisdom from this proverb:1. Patience is key to success. When we are patient, we are more likely to make sound decisions and avoid rushing into things.2. Slow and steady wins the race. Even if we are not the fastest or most talented, we can achieve our goals if we are patient and persistent.3. Good things take time. It is important to remember that success does not happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and dedication to achieve our goals.Join me on the #AFIAPodcast at 6 am PST/4 pm EAT on YouTube @okelojavan to listen to the full interview and share your thoughts in the comments below.SUBSCRIBE to get Daily African Proverbs and their meaning in your life https://rb.gy/jdavpn#MadarakaFestival: https://madarakafestival.com/My New Book: Get your copy of Rooted In Love and dive deep into the world of love, and self-discovery. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/rooted-in-loveRESOURCES:1. Descript: Get the perfect production setup with Descript - the audio and video editing experts that make sure your content looks top-notch. https://www.descript.com/?lmref=877QnQ2. Hostwinds: Get your web hosting sorted with HostWinds – the Webhosting experts that make sure you don't have to worry about your website. https://www.hostwinds.com/12980.html3. Ecamm: Get the perfect streaming setup with Ecamm Live - the live streaming experts that make sure your show looks polished and professional. https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=simon804, Gusto: Looking for a reliable and user-friendly payroll and HR solution for your business? Look no further than Gusto! https://gusto.com/d/simon6633******************************📱 LET'S GET SOCIAL💢 🅵🅾🅻🅻🅾🆆 🅼🅴 🅾🅽:-------💖 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/okelojavan/💖 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkeloJavan💖 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OkeloJavan/💖 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@okelojavan #MadarakaFest2024 #MadarakaFestUSATour #MadarakaFest10yrs #MadarakaFestival #MusicForChange #SocialTransformation #UnityThroughMusic #livenation #education #seattledrumschool #drumgiving #AFIAPodcast #LiveonAmp #OneVibeTV #Seattle #MusicFestival #Music #Education #EventProducer #LiveEvent #MadarakaFestival #MadarakaFestUSA #AfricanDiaspora
    #kenya #food #MadarakaCoffeeBlend #EastAfricanMusicToTheWorld #uganda #Tanzania

    • 20 min
    It’s Ridiculous to Argue About the Skin of a Lion You Haven’t Killed Yet | Tanzania Proverb | AFIAPodcast

    It’s Ridiculous to Argue About the Skin of a Lion You Haven’t Killed Yet | Tanzania Proverb | AFIAPodcast

    In this video, we'll explore the meaning and significance of the Tanzanian proverb "It is ridiculous for hunters to argue about the skin of a Lion when they have not yet killed it." This proverb teaches us the importance of focusing on the task at hand and not getting ahead of ourselves.3 Nuggets of Wisdom:1. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.2. Set realistic goals and take things one step at a time.3. Don't waste your time and energy on things that you can't control.Join me on the #AFIAPodcast at 6 am PST/4 pm EAT on YouTube @okelojavan to listen to the full interview and share your thoughts in the comments below.SUBSCRIBE to get Daily African Proverbs and their meaning in your life https://rb.gy/jdavpn#MadarakaFestival: https://madarakafestival.com/My New Book: Get your copy of Rooted In Love and dive deep into the world of love, and self-discovery. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/rooted-in-loveRESOURCES:1. Descript: Get the perfect production setup with Descript - the audio and video editing experts that make sure your content looks top-notch. https://www.descript.com/?lmref=877QnQ2. Hostwinds: Get your web hosting sorted with HostWinds – the Webhosting experts that make sure you don't have to worry about your website. https://www.hostwinds.com/12980.html3. Ecamm: Get the perfect streaming setup with Ecamm Live - the live streaming experts that make sure your show looks polished and professional. https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=simon804, Gusto: Looking for a reliable and user-friendly payroll and HR solution for your business? Look no further than Gusto! https://gusto.com/d/simon6633******************************📱 LET'S GET SOCIAL💢 🅵🅾🅻🅻🅾🆆 🅼🅴 🅾🅽:-------💖 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/okelojavan/💖 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkeloJavan💖 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OkeloJavan/💖 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@okelojavan #MadarakaFest2024 #MadarakaFestUSATour #MadarakaFest10yrs #MadarakaFestival #MusicForChange #SocialTransformation #UnityThroughMusic #livenation #education #seattledrumschool #drumgiving #AFIAPodcast #LiveonAmp #OneVibeTV #Seattle #MusicFestival #Music #Education #EventProducer #LiveEvent #MadarakaFestival #MadarakaFestUSA #AfricanDiaspora
    #kenya #food #MadarakaCoffeeBlend #EastAfricanMusicToTheWorld #uganda #Tanzania

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Real Meaning of Gift-Giving | AFIAPodcast | African Proverbs

    The Real Meaning of Gift-Giving | AFIAPodcast | African Proverbs

    In many cultures, gift-giving is seen as a way of showing love, appreciation, or respect. But what does it really mean when someone gives you a gift? Is it always a selfless act?In the Mali proverb, "One does not give a gift without a motive," we are reminded that there is always an underlying reason for gift-giving. Whether it is to gain favor, to get something in return, or simply to make someone feel good, there is always a motive behind the gift.In this video, we will explore the real meaning of gift-giving and share three nuggets of wisdom from the Mali proverb.Nuggets of wisdom:1. Be aware of the motives of the giver. When someone gives you a gift, it is important to be aware of their motives. Are they giving the gift out of love, or are they expecting something in return?2. Don't be afraid to accept gifts. It is okay to accept gifts, even if you know that the giver has a motive. Just be aware of the motive and don't let it make you feel indebted to the giver.3. Give gifts with no expectations. The best way to give a gift is to do it with no expectations. Give the gift because you want to make the other person happy, not because you expect something in return.I hope this video has given you some insights into the real meaning of gift-giving. Remember, there is always a motive behind the gift, so be aware of the giver's motives and don't be afraid to accept gifts.My guest is Nola Ro, the Guyanese visionary who once shared her dreams on a Brooklyn park bench, now stands as a thriving entrepreneur and devoted mother. She runs a celebrated Guyanese-Caribbean restaurant and hosts "The Nola Ro Experience Podcast," using her diverse life experiences to inspire and uplift others. Nola's journey from park bench dreams to impactful legacy is a testament to ambition and determination, leaving an indelible mark on everyone in her path.Join me on the #AFIAPodcast at 6 am PST/4 pm EAT on YouTube @okelojavan to listen to the full interview and share your thoughts in the comments below.SUBSCRIBE to get Daily African Proverbs and their meaning in your life https://rb.gy/jdavpn#MadarakaFestival: https://madarakafestival.com/My New Book: Get your copy of Rooted In Love and dive deep into the world of love, and self-discovery. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/rooted-in-loveRESOURCES:1. Descript: Get the perfect production setup with Descript - the audio and video editing experts that make sure your content looks top-notch. https://www.descript.com/?lmref=877QnQ2. Hostwinds: Get your web hosting sorted with HostWinds – the Webhosting experts that make sure you don't have to worry about your website. https://www.hostwinds.com/12980.html3. Ecamm: Get the perfect streaming setup with Ecamm Live - the live streaming experts that make sure your show looks polished and professional. https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=simon804, Gusto: Looking for a reliable and user-friendly payroll and HR solution for your business? Look no further than Gusto! https://gusto.com/d/simon6633******************************📱 LET'S GET SOCIAL💢 🅵🅾🅻🅻🅾🆆 🅼🅴 🅾🅽:-------💖 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/okelojavan/💖 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkeloJavan💖 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OkeloJavan/💖 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@okelojavan#AfricanProverbs #AFIAPocast #Podcast 

    • 32 min

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438 Ratings

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Simon is one of the hardest working podcasters that you'll ever know. This man is a true creative, music, festivals, online forums, and podcasting. Name it he does it. Simon is able to utilize his creativity into allowing his guests just flow in their element and you have African Father in America as the result. After listening to a couple of episodes, I recommend checking out his singles "sulwe & chandore" you will appreciate this man even more.

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