Joseph is a Media Technologist, Versatile and efficient, bilingual professional with management experience in economic empowerment projects with proven skills in radio and TV broadcast, PR and marketing. A successful founder of a youth based association dedicated to bringing about change and transformation in Africa through youth economic empowerment.
Joseph aspires to lead an exemplary lifestyle to model for this generation.
Hello Susan Jackwicz, Apologies for taking this long to respond to you questions, I have not been online for sometime. To start with, our NGO basically works with youth among our beneficiaries, we have encountered and witnessed how people with skin problems fill inadequate in their social and even in the economic life, in some of the communities, it is believed that these people were cursed by their ancestral gods and thus why their skins are the way they are. This limits the their performance and participation in daily activities and among children, it retards their education, they have low self-esteem just because their skins are different. Therefore, yes, we have already some of our target beneficiaries in the communities we work and are willing to share their experiences and truimps because some of them are really living good and successful lives. These stories will be able to change one's mindset and instead of blaming God for the colour of their skins, they will thank him for creating them different. Secondly, There aren’t many places on the Internet where you can hear directly from people managing chronic skin conditions while living full lives. We aim to change that by delivering those stories, along with tips, tricks, recommendations, and curated content. We believe that the dominant cultural narrative around skin needs to be changed, because all skin is good skin—we’re living proof. 2. What might you need to produce short videos that are really compelling? Well, all shall need is a good quiet environment with our story subjects infront of a camera to tell the story. Our production team will edit the stories and come up with a short, direct and compelling stories that can be shared with our audiences. Again, we shall also allow users in different locations to share with us their stories, those stories will be sorted and edited by our technical people before we can directly upload them on our platform. We might as well need good script writers and videography professionals with good equipment to be able to capture stories of those we shall be able to reach. 3. How might you help people shift from not knowing what it's like, to "knowing", to "deeply internalizing" what it's like to live with the disease? Life with the disease can seem daunting not knowing how tomorrow will treat you. As any sickness goes, it usually doesn’t treat you well. It leaves much to be desired, much to be wished for. It’s okay to feel this way. How can you not think of greener pastures? The hurt can feel endless, and a happier tomorrow sometimes seems so out of reach. Having said that, remember one thing. Not only is a better tomorrow in reach, but it’s coming. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes your pain. There will come a day where things turn around, where light at the end of the tunnel will be visible.Once you see that light, run towards it. Run towards it with full force. It will only come as fast as you run. I don’t mean run in the literal sense of course, but “run” by the way you live your life with eczema. Run with the strength to push through the pain. Run with the courage to never stop running. If the light at the end of the tunnel fades, don’t worry. Most of the time it will take more than a couple of tries. But never, ever stop running. That is a snapshot of how we intend to influence behavior and understanding of what and how it feels like living with eczema.