Read Eye Radio senior presenter Daniel Danis’ letter of appreciation to US-based South Sudanese singer and actor O Kays:
TRIBUTE TO ‘O KAYS’ FANAN
You probably know him for two reasons, first and foremost, that he is a South Sudanese!
Secondly, that he is the guy that wrote and sang the most direct and personal message to President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar in the ‘Kore Kore’ audio and video. It is in this song that he pleads for the vulnerable South Sudanese women and children -whose lives are being destroyed or getting killed in the senseless war of 2013- to be given peace and security.
His song has been and is being used severally as a theme song for Eye Radio programs on peace and reconciliation.
BUT, O Kays is more than just a musician! Just beyond our focus, O Kays has an implosive talent in acting. You might have noticed him posting online short satirical videos exploring some of our ‘Sudanese’ cultures that are considered taboos or public embarrassment. But little did we know that his acting talent has slowly ‘detonated’ in the world’s largest filmmaking industry –Hollywood.
O Kays extraordinary talent has so far made him the only South Sudanese and Eastern and Northern African to appear in more than 3 major urban and contemporary hit series in Hollywood. He has featured in some of my favorite series, and I didn’t even notice. Good enough, it is in the upcoming episodes.
As you may well know, getting into Hollywood or even getting a minor role in a low-budget Hollywood film takes years or decades.
The most successful and highest paying actors of the past and present such Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Hemsworth, Leonardo DiCaprio -even Kevin Hart took several years to get a minor-role movie contract. For a South Sudanese to not get one, but more than 3 roles in major hit series is a “historical” milestone and an outstanding achievement.
And because of O Kays, I pledge my allegiance to watching DC’s Legends of Tomorrow [series], Minority Report [Series], The100 [Series], and probably Black Ops movie, and many more that he will be blessed to appear in –even if for a second –it’s worth it.
I pay homage to you brother, Emmanuel ‘O Kays’ Badal –my new JUNUBI PRIDE.
More wishes and roles up your sleeve!
GOD BLESS YOU!
By Daniel Danis