My Story - After surviving my birth in Sierra Leone, a country that continues to have one of the highest neo-natal and infant mortality rates in the world, I went on to be the first boy in my family to celebrate a second birthday, unlike my three brothers born before me.
At age six, I was adopted by my biological parents to a new home where I faced constant punishment from my adopted family.
Born to parents who had eleven children, my childhood was disrupted, when I was only 9 years old, by a civil war that engulfed the entire nation. It lasted eleven years, taking the lives of over one hundred and twenty thousand innocent people, including some of my own family members and friends.
By the age of thirteen, I found myself competing in a strange sport (Tennis) that I once thought was only played by rich, white people. My dream was to win the biggest prize of qualifying for the Sierra Leone Junior (under 18) National Team and use the two hundred and fifty dollars allowance money to feed my family and pay school fees. This dream was shattered time after time.
Approaching the age of seventeen, time was running out to qualify in the Sierra Leone Junior National Team. My country was taking the full hit of the bloody civil war but I found myself in a position to grasp one more chance to turn my dream into reality and I was more determined than ever to take that chance.
Whilst bearing the loss of loved ones and close friends in a civil war that I just did not understand, I also battled hunger and starvation in a country where many of the younger generation were forced to become child soldiers or suffer a painful death along with so many of my countrymen and women and yet – I survived.
In this fascinating, true story, ’How Tennis Saved My Life’, I give a mind-blowing account of my experiences during the war, of my family’s and friends’ harsh existence and how they survived what life and man threw at them. The book takes us on a gripping journey from birth to manhood, through experiences ranging from extreme despair to heart-warming triumph. Indeed, resiliently I have zig-zagged my way through a life of countless catastrophes and some opportune blessings, and have lived to tell the story.
This inspirational read has something to offer everyone and is a real eye-opener for those fortunate enough not to have encountered these sorts of adversities in their lives. It is often the case that we only truly value life upon having faced a close call – then boom – many of the things we took for granted become the most important, precious things in our lives.
In my own words, I share my dogged determination and will to endure pain, to plough through dangers and to fight to stay alive, in order to see one more sunrise, one more day and to smile one more time at my beloved Mum.
Today, I enjoy my career as an International Tennis Coach touring with players from all over the planet. As a physical, nutritional and mental coach, I plumb my own experiences of adversity and precarious survival to inspire students and readers, to succeed in their goals and meet their full potential.
Across three continents, (Europe, Africa and Australia) my presentations hearten and exhilarate people of all ages with reflections on my life’s journey, my family and how tennis saved my life.
Why? - Our overall aim in heading to Africa, filming my documentary 'How Tennis Saved My Life' To help inspires the younger generation to stir away from corruption, and to help them understand that they are the sole keeper of the African continent. And the development of Africa is solely on their hands. Education and innovation are the key aspect for the development of Africa and its people. Africans must take the right ownership of their home for the betterment of every African within and abroad. Unity must be the root of our foundation, if we are to stand up firm and build a better Africa to empower the next generation.
To also show the beautiful side of Africa, it culture and diversity of the continent,
and how much Africa has given to the world, and the suffering of it citizens because of how the whole world is benefiting from its natural wealth.
To tell my life journey on “How Tennis Saved My Life” (Nigeria to Sierra Leone) through Film.
1. Secondary schools
4. Business and governmental departments
5. Communities and sport groups
Target numbers = 50 speaking in total.
Each presentation is 2 – 3 hours
Total hours will be = 100 - 150 hours (25 days x 6 hours of speaking)
Total time of the travel will be = 40 days
Places: Nigeria - Ghana - Liberia - Sierra Leone
South, Central & East Africa
Target numbers = 100 speaking events in total.
Each presentation is 2 – 3 hours
Total hours will be = 200-300 hours (34 – 50 days x 6 hours of speaking)
Total time of the travel will be = 80 days
Places: South Africa - Lesotho - Botswana - Namibia - Angolo - Congo DRC - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Mozambique - Malawi
- Burundi - Rwanda - Uganda - Kenya
£10,000 = Food, medicines, transportation, accommodation, visas other documents and some equipment for filming.
Please head to my website for more information about myself & what I do
THANK YOU MILLIONS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP IN SHARING & FUNDING!