Hello everyone. I am happy you decided to once again make a connection and a give me a few minutes of your time to read this blog.
This is my first of a series of interviews that my good friend Alex Theis and I have prepared for you this year.
Please meet Mrs Africa Byongchan Yoon formerly Engo, a spokesmodel, movie star and author who has ran from NYC to Chicago and from the Riviera to her homeland Cameroon to raise awareness about AIDS in Africa. She has lost 110 by adopting and keeping a Vegan diet/lifestyle.
Q. What inspires you when you wake up in the morning?
A. My husband and my dogs and then just the fact that I’m alive again I’m instantly like, WOW again, I get to do it again, thank you GOD.
Q.Why did you decide to run from New York City to Chicago and from the Riviera to your homeland Cameroon?
A. I was obese and I was already on a challenge to lose 100lbs but it was too self focused so I added the running from New York to Chicago, (inspired by Forrest Gump) and made it about charity so I wasn’t just focusing on how skinny I wanted to be but about AIDS awareness. The run in Europe, Johannesburg and Cameroon were about the same thing, raising awareness about solutions in the fight against AIDS. All that running though transitioned me from an activist focused on people not dying to what I am now which is a life promoter.
Q. What’s your ultimate goal in life?
A. To make the people I love have a fantastic time and to keep my breath.
Q. What’s the driving force behind you that took you to being a guest on Oprah and Doctor Oz?
A. Well for Oprah I ran from the United Nations to Oprah Winfrey studios. The point was to say thank. She’s been a great influence in how I shaped my weight loss and my life. Also, she has done so much for African girls – So showing gratitude was the goal. There was no publicist involved.
Dr Oz told me 5 yrs before that the measure of success was if I could keep off the weight for 5 years. I met him at an event where my mentor who is also a friend of his was being honored, (he didn’t even have a show then). He said see me in five years… so i did, I filled out a form on his website, I got an email back and two days later I was on the show – he is who I first heard talk about RAW FOOD on the Oprah Winfrey show. I don’t think this is my most important aspect of life though. I think we had synergy, that’s why it happened, that’s what it is when you are aligned, it happens because I have no power publicist or anything like that. YET.
Q. Why did you decide to loose 110 lbs?
A. I used to be obese. I woke up one night I almost died – I lost my breath. To this day I say I had the fortune of waking up from dying – so I am grateful for my breath always because me losing it disrupted my sleep and woke me up, literally.
Q. How would you define limitless?
A. Hmm, well it’s knowing that every possibility that you imagine has already been created by God, it already exists. So be it, not work for it, be it NOW.
You can watch Africa’s documentary here: http://act.mtv.com/iloveafrica
You can read more about Africa’s endeavors here: http://www.newallamericanvegan.com/#!meet-africa/c1b0f