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In this book, Omekongo provides 7 key steps that all students must adopt in order to achieve greatness in their lives so that they can be the most effective while advancing their cause. Simply put, you are no good to your cause if you do not first take care of yourself. Follow these steps and you will live an outstanding life as an empowered UPstander and not a bystander in your own life!
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About the Author
Omékongo Dibinga is a Les Brown Platinum motivational speaker, trilingual poet, CNNcontributor, and positive rapper. His Urban Music Award winning work has best beendescribed by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.”His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “aremarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred placeswithin your spirit.”Omékongo has shared the stage with Les Brown, Willie Jolley, Sonia Sanchez, AmiriBaraka, Dennis Brutus, Black Thought, The Last Poets, Awilo, Felix Wazekwa, OutKast,Wyclef Jean, Reverend Run, Free, and Jeff Johnson. Internationally, he has performedin South Africa, England, Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, France, Cuba, and Canada. Hiswork has appeared on TV and radio on CNN, BET, BBC, NPR, Music Choice, Voice ofAmerica and Telesud in millions of homes in over 150 countries.Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and TheFletcher School, where he received his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He is currently a Ph.D.student in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland. He provideseducational empowerment as a motivational speaker for organizations, associationsand institutions and his work has been globally adapted for curricula in primary,secondary, and university institutions. He has featured/lectured nationwide inuniversities and poetry venues from Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit. His tworap mixtapes CD, “Bootleg” & “Bootleg II” promote positive hip-hop with remixes ofsongs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Hay-Z, Nas, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, and others.Omékongo currently co-stars as “Yenga” in the international television series “YaMa’Afrika,” a fictional drama series about the lives of four African women livingtogether in New York City. “Ya Ma’ Afrika” is the first TV series of its kind to show Africansliving in the western world confronting real issues such as relationships, immigration,racism and HIV. “Ya Ma’Afrika” tells stories of cultural experiences, contradictions andchallenges of Africans living in the West. The television series broadcasts on 3A TELESUDon 4 Continents: in Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and North America both on Cable,Satellite and IPTV.His publishing company, Free Your Mind Publishing has produced five fusion music andspoken word CDs, three books, and one independent DVD. A first generationCongolese-American, his parents were Congolese refugees who were exiled for theirrole in aiding in the liberation of the Congo. They came to America and later earnednine collegiate degrees between the two of them, including two PhDs from Harvard. Itis no surprise that his parent’s stressed education, and provided encyclopedias forbirthdays, as gifts instead of toys, bikes and leisurely reads such as comic books.Omékongo, one of nine children, was determined to see the world and express hisexperience through the spoken and written word. Omékongo states simply that “Thestage is my pulpit, the pen is my temple, the paper is my sanctuary, and these poemsare my confessionals, my heart and my faith.” -- theCHANGEiSEEK.com