Abila in Soul Boy

As we celebrate Africa month on DStv, we look at Africans who got it right the first time

The third time you do something, it will work, so they say. However, when we look at some of the great Africans we love, we find that there are exceptions to the rule.

Barack Obama (an African, so to speak) won the US presidency at his first attempt, something that was seen as an "impossible American dream". And in the spirit of his coolness and Africanness, he is also the first president to drop the mic literally during his recent Obama Out dinner.

Barkhad Abdi, a former Somali refugee and a first-time actor carried Captain Philips to its success, collecting several awards (including an Oscar nomination) in the process.

Then there is the case of Abraham Attah, a teen who just eight months ago was nobody in the Google search engine. He was just a boy skipping class to play soccer until he was spotted and cast as Agu, a child soldier alongside Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation.

And of course a world famous example is the gorgeous Lupita Nyong’o, who nabbed an Oscar in her Hollywood debut for 12 Years a Slave.

But this list wouldn’t be complete without Samson Odhiambo, the first time actor who played Abila in Hawa Essuman’s debut Soul Boy. Keen to become a great African film, Soul Boy tells the story of myth and tradition in an urban setting where Abila sets out to ‘find his father’s soul’ which he believes is lost somewhere in Kibera.

If all these first-time accomplishments are anything to go by then Africa is a truly a feeling. It’s the kind of feeling that home of local stars, Maisha Magic East (158) shared with you as it aired Soul Boy on Sunday 8 May at 21:00.

And if you missed it, here is your second chance to watch Soul Boy when it airs on BET (129) on Sunday 14 May at 21:00.

In the spirit of Africa month, let's all live by the rule that #AfricaIsaFeeling.