Greetings Fam! Its been less than a week and I'm back from my Back to Africa trip. Not just anywhere in Africa, Liberia. So much to share but I first I want to take this time to thank each and every one of my supporters for helping make this all possible. From all the people and family I was able to help, to the friends and new family I've been able to make, I owe my whole experience to the contributions of your prayers and financial support. Forever grateful indeed.
Stay tuned for the video updates. Hopefully they will answer the many questions you may have on Liberia, the experiences of my trip, and life in West Africa. Looking forward to the future! The journey continues.
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps
Interesting fact about the name AFRICA
Did you know that the ancient name of Africa was Alkebulan? "Among the many names Alkebu-lan ["mother of mankind" or "garden of eden"] was called are the following: "Ethiopia, Corphye, Ortegia, Libya and Africa - the latest of all. Alkebulan is the oldest and the only one of indigenous origin. It was used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidians, Khart-Haddans (Carthagenians), and Ethiopians. Africa, the current misnomer adopted by almost everyone today , was given to this continent by the ancient Greeks and Romans. "
Liberia Week 6 and I bear Good news!
By Gods grace I've found a place to teach. This week I officially start volunteering with the Cachelle International Creative Arts Center. They offer modern and ballet, drama, vocal lessons and alot mroe. Ill be teaching a free guitar class and creative writing workshop! YES!
Watch the video and learn more about Cachelle International and thank you for supporting my BackToAfrica music and missions trip.
"The Heavenly Father is the supreme artist, painting his self portrait on the canvas of world, with us in his image."
1Love from Liberia
New Music Video. In collaboration with Tanya Maku and King Lion of Africantes. Shot in the barrio of Moravia, introducing an acoustic multitoma of Revolutionary Love/Amor Revolucionario. Enjoy!
Greetings and Happy Holidays from Liberia. As thee year ends and the new age begins, I'd like to send God's grace and blessings to all my family and friends. Thank you for continual support for me on this journey BackToAfrica. Liberia is a diamond in the rough. I looking forward to sharing this diamond with you all in the year to come. Remember L0ve Action = Passion. - SEKAJIPO |
Day 6 Its been a great beginning, yet the fact remains, Liberia is suffering. 95% live on less than $2 a day (I currently living on $5 a day) 85% illiteracy rate. Poor roads, lack of electricity and running water in most of the country can leave one hopeless. Fortunately faith doesnt depend on what you see. but what is yet to be seen. As the Sun rises every morning, so shall this country rise. Peace from Liberia. -Sekajipo
Today Im shooting the first ever HipCo (Liberian Hip Hop) festival in history. Greetings and Godbless from West Afrika! #THISISLIB
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." MLK This journey is a testament of that. #4days
Godwilling, Less than a week from now Ill be in Liberia. Im packing clothes for 7 days and books for a lifetime... #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER
7 Days Left before the Back To Africa tour begins. Im at 48% raised and excited as ever. Im gonna miss all my guitar and creative writing students. Im doing this for you! Godbless you all. Have a great morning.
11 Days till departure. Its been a great Thanksgiving. Looking forward to the fundraiser concert tomorrow night at the Tampa Underground. Thank you to all the donations and support thus far! Much Love, Sekajipo
Revolutionary Love in TOKYO! #goodwatch
We have a brand new BackToAfrica video, please stop by and watch!
Hey Fam! 2 weeks left before the journey BackToAfrica begins! I found a translation of the Bible in Kpelle, my mothers native language. #Amazing!
We're taking Hip Hop History #BackToAfrica #PATHtoAfrica DetailsToCome
3 weeks till departure for West Africa! There is still time to donate! Catch a glimpse of the streets and people of Liberia in this video! #BacktoAfrica
Hip Hop In Thailand. Saving Lives.
#ElectionDay, Vote For The KING! #BackToAfrica
A 13minute documentary film (enSpanish) of my participation in the "GOD in the Streets Festival" In Colombia. 2012. #HipHopmissions SouthAmerica to Africa.
DREAM BIG or GO HOME:
Is what I always tell my students, so now Im living by example.
In May of 2009 I got to meet the president of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 4 years later, Im going to try and meet her again, she may not remember my face, but I sure she knows the name, SEKAJIPO.
Check out these photos!- The Sekajipos and The President of Liberia.
4 weeks before the journey BackToAfrica begins. For those whove been asking how Ive been able to travel as an artist, in 2009 I got a chance to be apart of a Hip Hop Exchange in Miami called La Lengua De Mi Barrio, sponsored by an organization called Partners of the Americas and Hip Hop activists in Colombia. 3 years and 3 tours later Ive been blessed to share the Love of God and the love of my music in 5 cities in Colombia. It has changed my life and the way I look at the world and HipHop culture. Colombia. Gracias Por Todo. -SEKAJIPO
4 weeks before the journey BackToAfrica begins. For those whove been asking how Ive been able to travel as an artist, in 2009 I got a chance to be apart of a Hip Hop Exchange called La Lengua De Mi Barrio, sponsored by an organization called Partners of the Americas and Hip Hop activists in Colombia. 3 years and 3 tours later Ive been blessed to share the Love of God and the love of my music in 5 cities in Colombia. It has changed my life and the way I look at the world and HipHop culture. Colombia. Gracias Por Todo. -SEKAJIPO
On Tour in Medellin, Colombia 2010 When you are willing to be open minded, volunteer and give of your time to connect with like minded individuals from around the world, you'd be surprised where life will take you.
On Tour in Cali Colombia 2010
Watch my first video back in 2009 shot in Coconut Grove Miami, Fl Encouraging those going through "Hard Times" from Miami to Haiti to Liberia.
Interested Fact About Liberia 1:
July 09, 2010
Liberia's Debt Cancelled: 29th and World's Poorest Country Reaches Completion Point
By Alexandra Zarecky
For years, Jubilee USA and tens of thousands of supporters have been calling for immediate debt cancellation for Liberia, and helped secure financing to clear the nation's arrears to the IMF in 2007. Finally those calls have been heard. On June 29, Liberia, the world's most indebted country relative to its income, had its debt canceled. ... Just to settle its debt, Liberia would have had to pay creditors its $350 million budget for 28 years.
Debt free is the way to be.
The Jubilee (Hebrew yovel יובל) year is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years), and according to Biblical regulations had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the Land of Israel.
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Oct 9th 2012
Thank you to the sponsor of the $50 donation I received last night. A little bit goes a long way! I am $2400 away from the motherland. Please share my page with others and continue to donate. I appreciate all the support. Today is our "PATHtoSchool" cookout with the PATH Alumni and Staff from our Hip Hop Summer camp. Check out www.PAThtoHipHop.org
and have a great Sunday! Soon Ill be on the #PATHtoAfrica :)
Dawyen Lance Sekajipo, more commonly known by his stage moniker, Sekajipo Genes, is an all around renaissance man. Balancing the life of a full-time artist and activist, Sekajipo, translated as "the exception to the rule", is considered one of the hardest working talents in the local Miami music scene.
ï»¿Originally from Monrovia, Liberia, Sekajipo was raised in the states since the age of 1, as a first generation immigrant of West Africa. Growing up in Tampa, Fl, his faith in God and obsession with hip hop music would become the bridge between his African heritage and American culture.
ï»¿Since moving to Miami in 2009, he has been dedicated to the life of a mentor, missionary, and musician, fostering educational empowerment and social change through Hip hop. He has toured over 40 Miami Dade county schools while throughout the Greater South Florida area, and even internationally, in Haiti and Colombia, South America, rapping in both english and spanish.
ï»¿To date, he is a guitarist and international performer, recording engineer, hip hop missionary for Catalyst Hip Hop Miami, Emcee professor with the PATH Hip Hop Summer Academy, as well as creator and instructor of the Art of Creative Writing and Lyrical Expression with The Motivational Edge.
"‹In 2010, Sekajipo released his 1st full length album, Revolution of the Mind-State. The album delivers a fresh blend of raw, edgy lyrics, filled with spiritually conscious and socially relevant content, completely free of profanity. Following the album was the release of two official music videos, "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZB90Yfr8X0">Hard Times" and "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=252ZInlV3EA">Revolutionary Love". Sekajipo is now preparing for a 3 month Back To Africa tour starting in Dec 2012, returning to his homeland of Liberia after 25 years.
BACK TO AFRICA TOUR: Monrovia, Liberia
DATES OF DEPARTURE: December 4th- March 5th
WHAT I NEED:
*New or Used Macbook Pro Laptop
*New or Used Go Pro Outtdoor Edition Camera
*Used Music Equipment (Music Gear, Software etc)
Godbless and thank you for your support!
Educate. Entertain. Inspire.,
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; defend the rights of all those who have nothing. ...the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9