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Tell us about yourself

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• What is your most vivid childhood memory in South Sudan (if you grew up there)? – n/a
• How would you describe yourself in three adjectives and in one word? – Zealous, Tenacious, Propitious and one word that describes me is impactful
• How do your friends describe you? – stubborn, smart, kind and caring,

Tell us the story of your life

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• When, how and why did you leave South Sudan? – In the late sixties as an infant
• How do you describe what you do for a living? – create opportunities for children to have an environment that allows them to survive and thrive……offer hope
• Would you have been doing the same thing if you would not have left South Sudan? – yes it has always been my passion to serve and work for children
• When did you consider yourself a success in what you do? – not yet a success – getting there
• What was your greatest success in life? I am yet to mark my mark…. when I contribute to creating opportunities for all children for children survive and thrive
• How did you achieve it? – getting there
• What has been your biggest failure? – am a risk taker (calculated ones) so I fail from time to time…pick myself up dust off what does not work and replicate that which works
• How do you push through your worst times? – by keeping my eye on the ball
What motivates you to do what you are doing? The love for children and a better world

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• What keeps you awake at night? – the injustice and failings that affect children
• What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? – another day to give back to children
• What’s your biggest dream in life or what’s the one thing you’d like to achieve before you die? Set up a children’s trust fund in South Sudan
• Who is your role model, and why? – James P Grant -former UNICEF executive director for 15 years …one of the world’s greatest children’s advocate
• What is your inspiration? – UNICEF’s vision and mission
• What is your favorite quote and philosophy of life, and why? “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” By John Trainer MD. My philosophy is to live a creative life and hence why am ready to take calculated risks

Questions for High Achievers
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What are your building blocks for a successful life?

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  • What was the most important event in your life that got you to where you are today? – I have always known what I wanted to do and have stayed on course to work on what I am passionate about
  • What is your favorite book, song and movie, and why? Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart – gives me a sense of Africa grounding…. was the first serious novel I studied in school; Eyal Del by Dynamq – highlights the plight of the South Sudanese children; Invictus the movie – illustrates triumph over adversity;
  • What are your success habits? – focus, purpose and a strong desire to good the right way
  • What do you do when not working? – I take long walks, read books, watch TV and catch up with family and friends via social media

What barriers have you overcome to get to where you are today? – not allowing obstacles to be barriers…. seizing opportunities even in crisis…. focusing on the silver lining and not the passing dark clouds

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  • What odds stood on your way to success? …. have always looked challenges as opportunities to do things differently
  • What is the riskiest decision or action you have ever taken to get to where you are today? –
  • What’s the greatest fear you’ve had to overcome to get where you are today? – fear of failure
  • Can you tell our readers about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up? – giving up does not exist in my scheme of life
  • When have you been most satisfied in life? – am always appreciative that I have life, and can give back

What is your (honest) opinion of the current crisis in South Sudan and what do you think are some of the possible solutions? – a problem of egos, oppression and greed…. stop the war, change the status quo

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  • Tell our readers about the South Sudan you knew before this current crisis. – there was opportunity and potential
  • What do you think went wrong and how can this be fixed? – as above
  • How can your skills and training be useful to help with solving the current crisis? – I can help re-build not sure I can help resolve the crisis

In which way have your success and achievements been or could be of benefit to South Sudan and South Sudanese?

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  • Have you mentored or are you willing to mentor young South Sudanese who are or want to pursue the path you have taken in life? – I have mentored and sponsored quite South Sudanese and continue to do so
  • In which other ways do you think South Sudan could benefit from your achievements? – not sure I have an answer to that

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