Child of the African soil
MOROCCO OMARI: ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND WRITER
‘I am the first out of six or seven generations of my family to step back on the motherland.’
Empire season three actor Morocco Omari, recently visited our shores, while on a production break from the award-winning DStv series on Fox channel 125. In the series Omari plays the role of an FBI investigative agent and half-brother to lead role Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard.
Being a jetsetter, Omari has made it his mission to visit and explore the African continent as he believes it resonates with him being of African-American decent. However, it is only since his first visit to the Southern African country that he has found solace in the city of Johannesburg
“This is my second time here, my first being back in April-May for my birthday. I’d never been to Southern Africa; I’ve been north and east but never the South and all my friends who had been spoke very highly of Johannesburg,”
says the charming leading man.
“I am the first out of six or seven generations of my family to step back onto the motherland. I believe it is my duty to know my origins, I deserve to know and understand who my people are,” added the soon-to-be Johannesburg resident.
From first glance, Omari resembles an inquisitive soul, out on the search for the next chapter in his life, this being evident in his actions of participating in a genealogy test to find out about the history of both his maternal and paternal African origins. “I’ve been to Paris and Rome but my ancestors are from
here. It pains me the way the media back home portrays this continent, making our people afraid of coming here and seeing this land.”
Touching on the reason for his second visit to the city, Omari speaks about how he’s more open to the idea of travelling alone as it allows the opportunity to get a feel for the specific location.
He went on to mention how it is only through travelling alone that he would be able to have made as many friends and contacts as he has over such a short time.
“I’ve made friends in Maputo, Botswana, Cape Town and Johannesburg because I travel alone. Had I been with an entourage I don’t think I would have had time to speak to the locals and truly get to learn about where it is I am.”
As interesting as this globetrotter is, his life story is one that could better be captured on film.
Having entered the United States Marines at a young age, Omari found himself having to witness the pain and suffering that comes with war.
However, he decided to use the same experience as a way to do Edited by
better and live his life to the full by doing acts of kindness, wherever he goes.
As an internationally acclaimed performing artist and actor, Omari’s humility and laid back nature is breath-taking and refreshing.
Having been spotted walking through the farmers market in Fourways, Omari gives a true indication of someone who walks the talk. “I keep my ear to the ground and being amongst the people, I refuse to be a prisoner of my own celebrity status. What I have done so far has brought me to this point, so why not continue doing what I do,” says the philosophical actor.
When asked about his plans for 2017, Omari mentioned a few scripts he has been offered and is looking forward to a stage role on Broadway. He is also working on a movie script which he hopes to finish and start filming soon, all within 12 months.
Though challenging as it may be, Omari is a strong, adventurous man who has made peace with his destiny.
I deserve to know and understand who my people are