Meet Oral Ofori …an information and communication consultant based in Washington DC
It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story, how did you get to where you are today?
Oral Ofori is my name and I’m an information and communication research consultant with over a decade of experience working in the Washington DC metro area.
TheAfricanDream LLC is the name of my firm, it consults on matters relating to Sports, Events, Entertainment, Diplomacy, Branding, Nonprofit, and Education among others.
A personal and professional objective is to positively bridge the gap between Africa and the rest of the world by building progressive connections through the Diaspora. My work interests also include ghostwriting, video/text/3D creation and editing, book review/publishing, and more, learn more here: wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_Ofori
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
I have had to overcome simple challenges like not being able to eat the kinds of foods I grew up eating in Ghana because I am now living in America. A remedy I created involved improvising by using what I have available here in America in the kitchen to create the best culinary opportunities for myself, this is because you are what you eat and if you don’t respect your diet it might ruin your life.
Racism or being wrongly profiled or unfairly treated based on your skin pigmentation is a constant battle an immigrant like myself fights. In situations like these, I have always learned to first know my history and purpose and speak truth to what I believe in, and not let any form of oppression make me deny who I am or what I intend to become. Sometimes ignorance becomes a dangerous tool that people use aware or intentionally so we must [really] know about the culture we work and network with as this would help you know how to behave in situations that challenge you.
Finally, it’s very easy these days to neglect your spiritual and mental wellbeing. My solutions to this came when I realized you cannot pour out of an empty cup and I say this because you need to make sure that you as a person are spiritually and mentally well catered to, and the best person to bring your spiritual and mental needs is yourself.
Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
I provide advice on securing Africa-related media content from trusted and reliable media organizations and practitioners on and off the continent. I also help promote Africa news and provide Search Engine Optimization services, Social Media Management, 3D Artistry, Research, Investigative reporting, Wikipedia update and building, photography, copywriting/editing, ghostwriting management, and Promotion of talents, event organizing, and more. We also do Interpretation and translation of Ghanaian and other African languages, Voiceovers, Web building and Management, Software Development, and more.
What sets me apart from others is that I tell the stories of Africa and Africans from an African perspective in a way that is devoid of unnecessary, accidental, or ill-intended adulteration. By doing so, I always seek to project and share Africa’s stories in a way that makes them more candid and appealing to the African and also leaves the non-African more enlightened and informed about the continent.
Since 2009-2021 I have maintained a healthy working relationship with over a dozen Embassies in the Washington DC metro area and multinational institutions that seek the advancement of humanity globally.
What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
First of all, I had to learn to accept the fact that not everyone was going to understand me for who I am, based on this I learned to be open-minded and how to make friends even though I was an introvert,
As a person, you need to be welcoming and accepting of others and their opinions even if you don’t believe in them. However, you also need to learn the type of friendships and systems you get involved with because your friends and environment have a huge potential to determine your future.
I also realize that sometimes you have to do certain things that you’re not comfortable with and when it comes to that point for me I would do whatever so long as it is not illegal and it is not against my spiritual beliefs, this has helped me appreciate that fact that I don’t need a high horse. If you ask me I will say knowledge of where you immediately stand and the history of that place or situation is key. But don’t allow yourself to be trampled on because sometimes you have to be humble and so while being humble also be on the lookout to protect your dignity.
Stand up for yourself and speak your truth no matter how difficult the situation that you might find yourself in might be. This is because the positive energy you give yourself might be the only thing that carries you in alone in times of difficulty.
What’s next for you?
As a digital storyteller, I’ve been involved in an animation movie project with Studio Parables and Animation Africa of Ghana since October of 2020. We are almost done and due for release before the end of 2021. However, due to covid restrictions, I have been stalled.
As far as future projections are concerned I will need help by way of financial assistance or partnership so I can complete and share the movie (trailer in link) with the world and also produce other feature animation and feature movies to share with the world about the beauty of Africa as the cradle of mankind. Learn more about this project at bit.ly/donate28th
I also hope to publish my book before the end of 2021 and to help others do the same that can not afford to by expanding my network and collaboration with people and expanding my business across the United States and into Africa to tell stories on a larger scale through movies and writing. I believe there’s power in the film/written media as tools for positively changing the African narrative.
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?
Find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as oralofori or visit my business website at www.theafricandream.co