Man’s search for meaning is more pressing an issue particularly when the winds of life cast him into the darkest moment(s) of his existence.
Such was the case with Mostafa Olwan when he fled Syria for Lebanon with nothing but his family. Thrust into a new environment (with difference in language and culture) and with the baggage from the Syrian civil war that was accompanied by loss of friends and other important connections, Mostafa was keen to not just make sense of his depressive state but also rise above it.
In this episode, our hosts engage Mostafa, a Mastercard Foundation Alumni at the American University of Beirut, in a candid conversation during which he talks about how he combined his passion for classical/rap music with his knack for visual artistry to build an online platform with a hundred-thousand-people audience where he shares his music and speaks about the war and its mental effects on Syrian citizens.
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Soundtrack: Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu and Fraser Macdonald
Audio editing: Geofrey Njovu