Low Vibrating Things ..’ – #In14Ways #Aremuorin #MercyfylGrace

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God uses our enemies and their conflicts to teach us something about ourselves and things we ought to know sometimes.

It’s about THEY. Sometimes it’s about US. Sometimes it’s about the *Bigger Picture*. They call those PEOPLE. Blessed Burdens’.

Every time I rise. I’m taught to stand*. Predators. Lord almighty. Deliver us They are every freaking where.

Thou I choose to not let them disarray my path and my heart with their vile crocodile tears and devilish smiles. I choose *Love*.

Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.


This ocean of desire is rising; and no matter how many lies you tell on me, I will sail to the to the other bank. Your projections were yours and entirely yours. Not mine and they’ll never be. I see you !!!

The look of love is never deciet …
Fire Burn Lucifer ..’ Holy Ghost Fire, that is. The blood of Jesus said so. Amen !!!

No offense. Rejoice if they are avoiding you because your light is extinguishing their darkness.

Sometimes people have issues and they project it unto other peoples thinking! I am through with that. Sort it out !!!

A bountiful love, full of joy; may it depart, never, from you and I, and those around you always ::

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CHARACTER ASSASSINATION ..’ – #In14Ways #ArtOfWar #MercyfulGrace

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One mistake you should never make is to allow yourself to be recruited by someone, to hate another person who hasn’t wronged you.
Hear this: “ *We must avoid taking hasty conclusion because of what others are saying about someone else*”.

What people say about others, says a lot about them. I am repeating this more directly: The things you say about others, says a lot about you! I can tell a lot about a person by what they choose to see in others.

*Character assassination* is a pervasive and destructive phenomenon that is found everywhere. You find it in families, churches, organizations, work places, etc.

Wikipedia defines Character assassination as the deliberate, malicious, unjustified and sustained effort to damage the reputation or credibility of an individual.

The Merriam-Webster defines it as the slandering of a person usually with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person.

Athi Murugan defines “Character Assassination” as the act of lowering one’s character in a bid to ruin the character of others.

There are people that take maximum delight in ruining other’s reputation. These set of people have what I will like to call ‘Destructive Tendencies’. They oil their own ego by pulling other people down. PhD(pull him down).

False allegations are the most chronic form of mental abuse. When people can’t kill your dreams and purpose, they will try to assassinate your character. There are some people that your spirit will always irritate their demons! Once they realize hating isn’t working they start telling and spreading lies about you. People are assassinated once but ‘Character Assassination’ kills daily! Character assassination is a form of emotional violence against others.

Someone once said, “A friend of my enemy is my enemy.” One of the things that hinders us from living a fulfilling and inclusive life is bringing past bias and sentiments into present relationships. A friend of your enemy is not necessarily your enemy; it all depends on intentions and contributions. God can use your enemy’s friend to bless you!

*7 critical ‘DON’Ts’ that you really need to guard yourself against.*
Refusing to getting trapped in them will help you live a more productive, fulfilling and unbiased life. They are:

1. *Don’t conclude about people because of what others say about them:* Never draw up conclusions based on what others tell you about someone. It is a lack of social intelligence that makes people draw conclusions on others based on what other people say about them. I know you’ve heard about emotional and financial intelligence, but there is something called social intelligence. This is the kind of intelligence that keeps you sane even when others are trying to pollute your mind against someone else until you have thoroughly confirmed the veracity of the claims before you. Judges are trained to have this kind of intelligence in order to avoid biased judgments.

*2. Don’t inherit other people’s enemy:* It is total lack of education and enlightenment when you automatically make your friend’s enemies your own. Don’t make people your enemies just because they are not in good terms with your friends.

*3. Don’t use your children as weapons of war:*
God can use your enemies to bless your children! The Bible says that your children are for signs and wonders. Stop using them to fight those you don’t like. Your children will need to discern their enemies for themselves; never use your parental influence to make your children hate others. You may often need to guard them with their choice of friends but never plant the seed of discord in the heart of your children against someone else.

*4. Don’t gang up with others to hate someone:* Don’t join the majority to hate someone – you may realize that the person has no offence. Someone said, “If you don’t see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears. Don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth”. Never join the multitude to hate someone else.

*5. Don’t be used as weapon in other people’s battle:* It is not every battle that you must involve yourself in. Refuse to be used as weapons in other people’s battle. When people fight dirty, refuse to take sides. Observe deeply before concluding finally.

*6. Don’t hate people just because they don’t behave like you:* That someone is not your tribe doesn’t make them your enemy. It is a waste of education if the only people you like are those that are like you. The greatest proof of our education is in how we respond to people whose opinions are different from ours. People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more.
The people who don’t think like you are your greatest source of enlightenment. It is normally people that are not like us that help us grow the most. Companies that had maximized growth are really those that value diversity and inclusion.

*7. Don’t judge people until you know the whole story: Someone once said,* “Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half”. Don’t judge other people’s choices without understanding their reasons.
If people say something bad about you or judge you as if they know you, don’t easily get affected. Remember this, *dogs bark if they don’t know the person.* People who are intimidated by you talk about you with hopes that others won’t find you so appealing.

Stay away from people who talk bad about others daily; these kind of people carry a negative spirit, and a negative spirit is contagious. The real problem is not that they are unhappy about others, but they are unhappy with themselves.

Stop the destructive habit of talking about people behind their back. Talking badly about someone else while they aren’t there to defend themselves says more about you than the person you’re talking about. When you have issues with people, try and discuss it with them. Stop discussing it with others. Someone once said, “Don’t talk about me until you have talked to me”. Stop spreading false information and rumours about others.

Rumours are carried by haters, spread by fools and accepted by idiots! Stop creating walls of contention, rather help build bridges of understanding among people. May God help bless 🌍 us all. Amen

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RELIGIOUS WITH NO COMMON #SENSE ..’ – #In14Ways #Religion #MercyfulGrace

Written by Dr Olusegun Abejide

The average Nigerian or Africans, in general, have so much energy to preaching about Jesus to you and threaten you with hellfire and heaven that is unseen.

Yet they cannot use the same energy to gather people together and speak against oppression or finding a means to their poverties, the real hell they are experiencing on earth every day

One of them is a childhood friend and a school mate, he threatened me recently by saying; “I am nothing without Jesus, and my reply to him was; you are nothing without common sense. 50/50.

Take, for example, another friend of mine, a classmate was also telling me about a contract of over 500 million Naira he won recently, to supply MAIZE. He has gone to every nook and cranny of the country looking for Maize but couldn’t get even up to 1% OF WHAT HE NEEDED. He then decided to import the amount he needed from Brazil.

Importing Maize from Brazil to Nigeria! That was my response. Without cultivating it, a drop of Maize can continue germinating by itself on a fallow soil with a little moist weather. Yet, almost 70% of Nigerians have no job, mostly the youths.

They all sit in the cities, wallowing in poverty, rather than go to the interiors and start cultivating. God will always be right when he said: “My people are perishing for lack of knowledge.” There is no Jesus anywhere other than in the soil.

Cultivate it, plant Maize and in three months (90days), the real and meaning of Christ will manifest itself. So, stop preaching to me until you preach to the soil first.

Bring out Jesus from the soil; hence, I will be the first in your church on Sunday. A man who does not know how to impregnate the soil first, shouldn’t be allowed to impregnate any woman, period.

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LESSONS FROM THE WORLDS MOST PROMINENT #PEOPLE ..’ – #In14Ways #MercyfulGrace #SundayConfessions

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Found this floating around on social media. While the authenticity and source can not be verified, the sentiments sent, are heart felt. Hopefully you will agree ..’ – Aremuorin

1. Dr. Ben Carson said,
“I struggled academically throughout elementary school yet became the best Neurosurgeon in the World in 1987”

LESSON: Struggling is a sign that you are on a verge of success. Don’t quit yet.

2. Oprah Winfrey said, ” I was raped at the age of 9 yet I am one of the most influential women in the World”

LESSON: Don’t let your past decide your future.

3. Bill Gate said, “I didn’t even complete my university education but became the World’s richest man”

LESSON:
School does not make you rich. School is only supposed to Polish what will make you rich, not make you Rich.

4. Joyce Meyer said & I quote, “I was sexually, mentally, emotionally and verbally abused by my father as far back as I can remember, until I left home at the age of eighteen, yet I am one of the most influential preachers in the World”

LESSON:
Let your past push you, not define or limit you.

5. Christian Ronaldo said, “I told my father that we would be very rich but he couldn’t believe me. I made it a reality”

LESSON:
Your words rule your life. If you mean what you have said, each word will come to pass. You get what you say.

6. Hear Lionel Messi!, “I used to serve tea at a shop to support my football training and still became one of the World’s best footballers”

LESSON:
Believe in your dream. Don’t let your pain tell you how your future will look like.

7. Steve Jobs penned, “I used to sleep on the floor in my friends’ rooms, returning Coke bottles for food, money, and getting weekly free meals at a local temple, I later on founded Apple Company”

LESSON:
That you are small today doesn’t mean you will be small tomorrow. Keep trusting God.

8. Former British PM, Tony Blair said & I quote, “My teachers used to call me a failure, but I became a Prime Minister”

LESSON:
Don’t let someone’s else’s opinions of you become your reality.

9. Bishop David Oyedepo said, “I started Living Faith Church from A Lawn Tennis Court with three members only & Preach prosperity. Many of my friends criticised me, but today we have the largest church auditorium in the World & two world-class universities”

LESSON:
Believe in yourself even if no one does & never think of quitting.

10. Nelson Mandela said, “I was in prison for 27 years & still became president.”

LESSON:
You can be anything you want to be no matter where you have been or what you have been through.

11. Mike Adenuga! “I drove a taxi to finance my university education but today I’m a billionaire”

LESSON:
Don’t let your past decide the kind of future you need to have.

12. Harland Sanders, Founder of KFC said, “I was on the verge of suicide when an Idea of opening a restaurant hit me after I retired as a cook in the Navy.”

LESSON:
Nothing is ever too late. “Too late” is a language of failures. Your future can begin at any age. Don’t ever let AGE make limit you.

13. Aliko Dangote said, “I worked for my uncle since I was a small boy, people looked down on me. I later on took a loan from my uncle to open a tiny shop. I worked hard to make ends meet. Now I am the World’s Richest Man in Africa.

LESSON:
Failures or limitations of the past have no control over the greatness in you. To him that believes, all things are possible.

14. Barack Hussein Obama said, I am a son of a black immigrant from Kenya, I graduated from Harvard and later on became a Senator in Chicago. I was also the President of the Most Powerful Nation on Earth.

LESSON:
Never design your life like a Garden where anyone can walk in and out. Design it like the Sky where everyone aspires to reach!

15. Arnold Swarzzenegger said, I traveled to America in search of financial independency when I was 15yrs old. I became the World’s Strongest Man 7 times and Mr Universe. I then got my Economics degree, then I became one of Hollywood’s best actors before I was voted twice as governor of California”

LESSON:
Don’t wait for everybody to believe in your ability and dreams.

👉BE FOCUSED👈

Do have a wonderful night rest pls.

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Morning has come. A new dawn is #born ..’ – #In14Ways #MercyfulGrace

Written by Aremuorin

Morning has come. A new dawn is born. The reign of oligarchy will stop as soon as love rains on all
of us.

A new beginning is rising. Hope is glory. Truth is made manifest and doors are opening to new temptations but the steadfast one is on open arms to wright the path no ones trod. Amen

I dont need the Pope to find God. I remember me. Fearfully and wonderfully made. Not the bag of bones of bad religion they sold me long after God made me whole #faithfully through #Christ the most beautiful, Godly, Holy #Sacrifice ..’

When I sum the total no of jokers in the life who have wasted my time, between – friends (so called) and professionals, (so called); I wonder, ‘why’, I gave (give) them, the time of my – day.

It’s one thing for folks to be a nasty piece of work from a distance but it is a great revelation when they are self confessed. At least, theres no misunderstanding in that!

I don’t know how to say this – than as it is. The devil is nothing but a plain liar. Come’s to steal, destroy and confuse …’ The truth is out there … Let it be told. Mercy on all …’

May love find it’s way to our hearts.

Because some of the things we do to each other are pure evil – stemming from selfish need, to control the lives and well being of others.

It’s unkind. It’s not right. Let’s stamp it out. If it contradicts anything abov love. It’s pure evil and un needed in our hearts. Amen. Much Love*.

Be kind to yourself and to other folks around you, it’s not all about you.

Time lost, I could have ‘GAINED’, doing something else where productive. All

Right Then. Let’s Move On !!!

Humans are one messed up creature(s). Particularly, black peeps. You would think, post slavery, they would learn, a thing or two, about self-love and kindness ..’

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#NeverGiveUp

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Despite social injustice, religious abuse & racial prejudice we have found a no of plethora ways to love again ..’

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Performing at BlackOutUK ..’ – #MercyfulGrace #LoveIsLove #BlkOutUK

Written by Anthony Everest

I was, last minute called, on the last sunday of the year to perform, at the first BlackoutUK brunch, which was my pleasure. A great honour, to be asked, to perform my new self penned song IfYouNeedMe. Thank you Nzube for the capture🙏🏿.

This year, I wrote & produced a compilation album featuring a brand new self penned song “If You Need Me”, from the forth coming Ep “OBLIVION”, scheduled for realease in 2020. Also won 6 awards internationally for “Music & Community Support” including “Oustanding Creative Artiste Of The Year from BBI

The critiques that challenged my decision to perform here got me thinking. Then, it just occurred to me, that – On #2020Vission:

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The evil that antiquated religious & cultural #ignorance ensues is deadlier than WW3. Make love lead the #way ..’ – #In14Ways

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Each to their own dogma. When a self righteous kettle calls pot black, moral logic, precludes all sensibility ..’

Anthony Everest performing “If You Need Me & Never Around Ep live” @blkoutuk, Photo Credit: Black In Motion – https://MercyfulGrace.Blog

I guess it’s safe to say, nobody is normal. Otherwise, it would be, a perfect world. Self love brings clarity.

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My self esteem is not wrapped around your likes, or dislikes. Just because it’s successful does not mean it’s credible.

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That’s why some of you don’t want to wake up. You love illusions, fairytales and daydreams. Perfect, myriads for the slavemaster.

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Do you and #FollowYourDreams. I am pretty sure if Jesus listened to his critiques he would have left humanities cross of shame behind at calvary. That’s why Jesus said its finished.

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Some folks have been through hell from cultural & religious abuse. So this space is ideal for respite or re-conditioning the mind, body & soul with great networking opportunities in a safe environment.

Since 2012. Many friends and colleagues told me to work closely with the LGBTQ+ community. I didn’t get it. Now. I do. Straight folks are not homophobes. Self haters are. So much work to do. So little time to do it. Love is a wonderful cure for antiquated #ignorance ..’ – #In14Ways

#2020Vission #Love #AnthonyEverestMusic

Love is the only truth and only the truth can set you #free. The rest is a waste of precious #time and we all know time is #money. Nobody is wasting #mine.

When God has given me greatness; why hide it under a rock – for fools?

Culture is not set in stone; otherwise, we would still be ridding donkeys to Jerusalem and burning witches at the stake.

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#IfYouNeedMe
#lightroom #lighting
#lovequotes #loveislove

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Oris Erhuero ..’ – #In14Ways #Interview #Showbiz #OrisErhuero #MercyfulGrace

Last year, I wrote & produced a compilation album featuring a brand new self penned song “If You Need Me”, from the forth coming Ep “OBLIVION”, scheduled for realease in 2020. Also won 6 awards internationally for “Music & Community Support” including “Oustanding Creative Artiste Of The Year from BBI (EMA Award). If You Need Me – (the Mixtape) out: 1-25-2020: Prelude to #OblivionEp. https://ditto.fm/if-you-need-me-anthony-everest

Oris Erhuero Interview #In14Ways by Aremuorin

Had the opportunity to interview Oris Erhuero, recently. A new Bond era. Fit for Her Majesty’s Service ..’ It was really inspirational and indepth. Here is the interview:

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

1. How do you adapt to winter?

So far so good, as the winter has it’s thing with me, where it keeps me on my toes at all times.

2. Whats keeps you busy?

Right now my family keeps me very busy. As well as my good friends, that I haven’t been able to make time for, during the year, due to work commitments.

3. Why is fitness important to you.

Fitness is extremely important to me. It’s a lifestyle for me, no doubt. It’s parts and parcel of who I am. It’s one of the many things in life I will always live and swear by.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Netflix

It’s something that’s been installed in me since I was a kid. It’s what led me to break dancing, martial arts, weights, running, meditation, yoga, and the urge for me to push and compete with myself. It has been very rewarding to my career in ways that I never saw coming I would like to say it’s an institution within my life.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

And a medical proven fact, that one will for ever stay young, healthy and alert with time and age, no matter what, and where one is in life, as long you are willing to slice and save time out of your 24 given hour a day to commit.

4. Your latest movie “EUROPA” playing at Film festivals around the world at the moment … Tell us about it.

Well. it’s a true story, told from – as a movie – shot within a movie. The inside movie tells a fictional murder story, a drama and love triangle. And the «outside» movie tells above all a razor sharp analysis of contemporary life in Europe by the award winning Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza (Grey Matter, Things of the Aimless Wanderer). He decides to film his new movie, A Tree Has Fallen, in London.

Oris Erhuero – Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

It is, to be a stylish drama. about “Simon”, the character which I play, a mysterious “Nigerian man”, who returns to London to make amends with Anna, his mixed-race lover (Lisa Moorish) and Bruce, Anna’s white ex-husband (Matt Ray Brown).

Progressively, this love triangle mirrors the increasing social and racial tensions in Great Britain, and Europe today right now. This is in parallel to his narrative fiction, “Kivu documents”. This tensions by filming a series of rallies in the streets of London.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

But inevitably, the ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy of the ruling Conservative Party comes back to haunt the reunited lovers and to disrupt Kivu’s film making effort. Sensing that his London stay is coming to a forced end, Kivu attends a far right protest to try and understand the rising xenophobia of the Brits and of his character Bruce.

5. Barriers you have had to break down.

One of the many things in life I have learned is that from the day we were born, no matter what race, gender or tribe we are, there would always be a barrier without fail in front of us.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Robert Lapworth

I believe it’s part of all of our destiny and mission in life to fight for what we believe in, and that will come with a lot of barriers. I have had to keep in mind, that the many that came before I was born, fought to overcome what I wouldn’t probably think is a problem, today. For example; ‘Racism’ – today isn’t what the likes of my father and mom had to bear in the 60’s, in the west. Today, it’s a different kind. It’s all psychological. For example in my case, transcending from the fashion and modelling world.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

“For me, being a person of colour, I had to fight my way through all the racial political crap that came with it to get work. However, you keep pushing through, with a positive mind set, or it can eat you up and discourage you from growing. I walked from the world of fashion onto my first tv series in the 90s, and forcefully been the character that was intended to be a guest star in the first episode, to being one of the leading characters”.

At that time, when and if you came from modelling, or the fashion world, you were never taken seriously, for TV. So, having to push through that in the 90s, was a big deal, and then having the opportunity to transcend from TV to Film was a barrier, As Back then, doing TV was the death of an actor, as once you started there you died there, you couldn’t cross that line to film ever, and then finding myself blazing through that barrier on to films and stage and people accepting the change ,was a big deal.

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It’s funny with the help of social media, how many people are taken back by my journey from the beginning, to where I am now; because to them, many people back then, where kind of stuck in a time zone and didn’t, and couldn’t, cross that barrier.

I have become part of that generation that can juggle anything thrown our way. So, for me, it’s almost a trill to say to myself; let’s do this, and surprise myself in the process. Today many of us can do music, produce films, write and direct them, as well as collaborate with fashion houses, simply because many of us understood that breaking down Barriers, and constantly transcending would always pay of in big a big way.

6. So you are an SGI Nicheriann Buddhist? Tell us about it?

Nicherian Buddhism’s for me is the simple in-depth discovery of common sense in it’s entity, taught to me through the sgi Soka Gakkai international, meaning value creating society.

It’s a diverse Buddhist community network which comprises of more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories around the world. We, as Sgi members, base our practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges.

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Oris Erhuero – Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and the inter connected-ness of self and the environment, we engage in various peace activities including human rights education, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons and efforts to promote sustainable development.

7. Does God and The notion appeal to you? What does it mean to you?

Yes, the term appeals to me in many ways, but that also depending, on how each individual of any form of belief system. sees it, and understands it. But in my case, as a Nicherien buddhist, we have the term called the mystic law, which is “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” in English, it means “Devotion to the mystic law of the universe” or “Glory to the sutra of the lotus of the supreme”.

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Oris Erhuero, MercyfulGrace Blog

This is the central mantra chanted within all forms of Nichiren Buddhism. However, at the end of the day, as a Buddhist, we believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible through chanting and prayers. That’s my notion of God and how it appeals to me. Nevertheless, it all begins and end with prayers to deeply understand that notion.

8. Have you compromised something you love for the greater good of mankind or would you.

Yes, many many years ago in the 80s before Nelsons Mandela release from jail, I was scouted as a model to go and work in South Africa along with other models. The offer was incredibly lucrative, but even as I was young, it didn’t sit well with me. I had this feeling if I cross that line; it would be the point of no return, as many artist and musicians were warned not to go, as it will be a disrespect to Mandela as well as those fighting to abolish Apartheid.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

As fast forward years later in May 1994 the week of his inauguration, an agent invited me again to go to South Africa, and that’s where my carrier in the end really jumped of from fashion and modelling to TV and film career.

And going on almost 27 years, I really believe in my heart that when I look back, that act, and sacrifice I made with out selling myself short or selling out by crossing that line back then , really payed of for me today , and it was worth it. That act has lead me in making many decisions today no matter how juicy it seems to say no and walk away without any regret.

9. Life as a black person, does it seem like a fairy tale to you or is it a survival game.

To be honest at times it does feel like the survival game.

I have had to work super hard, and pray incredibly hard, that people will look past this colour of my skin and just see the greatness in me, there also see in themselves And that really broke through for me when I arrived in ‘South Africa the week of May 1994’.

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Oris Erhuero – Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo

In addition, I was very fortunate to meet Mandela and certain people I would have never been able to sit in a room with in the west.

I had arrived as a young man to chase my dreams at a period of change in a country where blacks and whites fighting alongside against racism where dealt a hard blow by the Killing of Steven Biko, and many more countless people and kids got shot and killed for speaking up.
Watching one man, who had been locked up for 27 years come out and bring the people, regardless of their colour, together to live as one in harmony. That special moment and time changed me forever.

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Oris Erhuero – MercyfulGrace Blog

So today, wherever I go, I take that spirit and energy of Mandela and those who fought alongside him, with me. I remember this when I work in a place where I don’t see people like me. I just make it known that I’m a human just like you, so whatever misconception you may have of me or people like me, we need to get past it and get on with the task at hand.

But from to time to time, I find myself slipping in to that survival mode and having to catch myself, and to be honest I have seen the positive impact more so lately. I now deeply feel slowly, slowly, the survival game is slipping away for good.

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Oris Erhuero – MercyfulGrace Blog

I truly believe in my hearts of hearts the reality is settling in and people are tired and want to get along and just live in harmony, and yes sometimes it’s all about the mind-set and where we are in the moment.
I sincerely believe we all have the power to make a change where we go from here.

10. Actors you will like to co star with?

Anyone that can act, and do it like the greats.

11. Your hide away?

The Nordics

12. Your 4 non negotiables.

A). Racism

B). Leaders who come in to Power and break their promise.

C). People who abuse their power and position in life.

D). The 4th would be any one who discriminates against any gender of any kind, as people should be free to be who they believe they are. Period.

13. Best advice given.

My best advice ever given to me was by the iconic Sisley Tyson. We met in South Africa while I was taking a break from filming.

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Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Antonio Rui Ribeiro

And during one of our moments together, she invited me to the opening of the Robben Island prison in Cape Town where Nelson Mandela spent part of his 27 years incarcerated. This Prison was now been reopened and turned in to a museum, as a great reminder of Nelsoms Mandela’s past.

As we sat on the ferry ride talking, she just stopped in the middle of our casual conversation, and said to me that I should never underestimate myself and the power in me.

To always stand my ground no matter what, know my worth and to never sell myself short. She lived by those words by introducing me to one of the most powerful mangers in Hollywood, doubling my salary for the next season – that changed the game for me. So now, when in doubt, I go back to that moment.

14. SAY some wishful & grateful things for humanity to come to pass.

I believe in my hearts of hearts THAT AFRICA RIGHT NOW THIS MOMENT IS THE NEXT 21 CENTURY AND 2020 WILL MAKE IT LOUD AND CLEAR, IN WAYS BEYOND OUR IMAGINATION.

Close: Thanks for the interview. It is a real treat. Will just like to add an after thought here. “You are a dream come true and incredibly inspiring. I will pay a million bucks to have the opportunity to do this interview all over again, and again. One day the world will thank you”.

Life will fade, but time will prevail. So, get on your ship, and take to sail. My prayer for anyone going through arduous challenges is that you find your beacon of light. Don’t let go of that hope in your heart. Darkness despises #light ..’ – #In14Ways

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