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Would you call yourself a workaholic?
I would like to think that I am not a workaholic even though my friends think contrary to that. I believe that the best way to get things done is to do them yourself.
Tell us about Tallowah Productions?
Tallowah Productions is a company that was initially set up to fill the gap in artist development.
The company has worked with different artists and organisations. Its focus now is the self-empowerment programme “Accept your Greatness”. The content/theme of my performances is empowerment. It is the message of Greatness. We are all GREAT and we need to remember and accept and apply. My life purpose is to spread this message through music, facilitating, speaking.
I aim to raise awareness about our innate power in order to utilise it to be able to solve life’s daily challenges.
What is the title of your book?
The book is titled “Nothing beats a joyful heart” (see cover below), based on the bible book – Proverbs 18v14 that states, “A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?” (The Message Translation).
Is this your first book?
Yes, it is my first book.
What inspired you to write it?
My personal experiences, both hard and exciting as well as general life aspects that impact the heart.
How long is the flight from Jozi to Gabon?
Plus or minus 5 hours.
What city did you visit?
I visited Libreville, the Capital, what an eye-opener! I love places that have an ability to make you feel like you have NO choice but to adjust. That’s when you know you’re not on your own turf…
Were your expectations met in terms of reception and scenery?
Superseded is more like it, just not the weather part. Gabon is HUMID!
What language do locals speak?
Most locals speak French. Rather, everyone there speaks French. Very few understand or speak English.
Did you see interesting sites?
The stadium where the AFCON (football tournament) was held last year was a great place to behold. The stadium is beautiful.
Also in and around the town one sees quite a lot of memorable statues.
And the night life?
It is big on a particular strip where most upper-class clubs are. People in Gabon know how to party but of course faaaar more conservative than South Africans. It’s the French influence, I suppose?
What was your most memorable adventure while there?
Doing the Outback’s on 4 x 4’s; the forests and the pristine beaches on the outskirts are sights to be explored. Really breathtaking…
Did you try any of their local dishes?
Yes I have. It’s bland, but edible.
Do they have exotic markets that sell locally-produced and souvenier goods?
They do have local markets where one can purchase memorabilia and souvenirs downtown.
There’s also the local fish market which has great fish. It’s obviously recommended that you visit the market with a local for ease of communication and bartering for goods.
Did you have to change your Rands for local currency?
Yes, it is preferred you use their Francs but one is also able to transact in dollars at selected locations.
Was it your first trip out of the country?
No. I have been to Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket), Zimbabwe and Zambia, to name but a few.