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Oscar Pistorius: Public vs. Private Persona

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Who is Oscar Pistorius really?

I don’t remember exactly where I heard this statement but it stated that if you envy someone else’s life only by what you read on social media, then you are basically envying a lie. This means that what you observe is what people want you to observe from their personal lives. What you see and what you read is mostly just a little snippet of what they are really like, however, people that seem to be living good lives might actually really be living good lives. All I am saying is that every single person on earth, whether they are famous or not, has ups and downs in life, just like we do.

Even though I am writing this article, and even though I post on Facebook every single day and even though you are reading this article and might be following me on Facebook you will not be able to piece together enough to accurately describe me as an individual.

Oscar and the Olympics

This brings met to the inspiration of this article. Mr Oscar Pistorius. Oscar is known throughout the world as the Blade runner. He is the first runner with a double-amputee to ever compete in the Olympics. He has overcome all the odds after being born in our beautiful country with a missing fibula bone in both of his lower legs. He had his legs surgically removed when he was only 11 months old.

I recently saw the photograph of Oscar that was taken on the 14th of February 2013. It was a photograph in which his face was covered by a grey hooded sweatshirt. This is a jarring contrast to one morning in August 2012 where he proudly walked into the Olympic Stadium, waving at the 80 000 spectators and fans applauding him.

Oscar and Reeva

Pistorius was accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who was a 29 year old model as well as a law graduate. Some say his version of events does not add up, that the shooting was no accident, and that he could not have mistaken Reeva for a burglar. Others say that it was a form of self-defense as he was fearing for his life. This tragic event reminds us yet again that we cannot equate a person’s accomplishments with heroism and incorruptible behavior. Our achievements do not define us. What we have is not who we are. How can we really expect to know Oscar Pistorius, when we often get no more than a fan dance – suggesting but never truly revealing.

The people who support Oscar’s version of what happened in the early hours of that morning are left to hope for an awful consolation. That Oscar did not shoot Reeva Steenkamp on purpose. We are living in an apprehensive, armored country where a lot of people live in fear of burglars. We live in barricaded houses with high fences that are topped with barbed wire.
The truth is that you kind of know where people are and then all of a sudden that perception goes. Who is Oscar Pistorius really? The double amputee Olympic hero and heartbroken man who lost his girlfriend due to a tragic accident, or the short tempered Olympic runner and cold blooded killer?

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This article originally posted on: http://www.dial-direct.co.za and reposted with permission.

 

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Africa Day – 25 May

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Do you celebrate Africa Day?

Africa Day is a remembrance of the continent’s liberation from colonial rule under whatever nation and the founding of the African Union more than 50 years ago. This day is acknowledged worldwide and is a public holiday in Ghana.
Events around the continent of Africa

Nigeria: In Lagos, capital of Nigeria, African Fashion Week makes its debut from 17 May in the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Morocco: The Festival Mawazine Rhythms of the World, which promotes sincerity and tolerance to other cultures, offers a musical journey to every corner of the globe. This year is the 13th anniversary of the festival and takes place in Rabat from 30 May. America, Lebanon and France, among others, will be represented.

Swaziland: The Bushfire Festival draws people from all over the world to the scenic Malkerns valley, as many as 20 000. They bring their fire and passion for “igniting a collective response for positive change”. The big attraction this year from 30 May is Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It also offers family-friendly entertainment, handcraft and food stalls.

Mozambique: The third annual Azgo Music Festival runs from 23 May on Samora Machel Ave in Maputo. It offers audiences 20 local, continental and international acts. Azgo means ‘let’s go’ but also means ‘let’s come together’, a suitable description of the event.

Namibia: In Windhoek on 18 May, the Windhoek Light Namib Quest mountain bike stage race begins. The 500km route, described as a ‘safari on a mountain bike’, ends on 23 May in Swakopmund. It takes riders through iconic landscapes which include the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Kenya: The 17th BuildExpo Kenya 2014 took place in Nairobi this month. Their construction industry is confident and ready for major growth, as this country’s infrastructure, economy, tourism resorts and residential sector are booming!

Uganda: the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe hosts the 25th Conference for the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria from 20 to 23 May. The theme for this year is ‘Thinking In-situ and Ex-situ Conservation for the future. Plans made there will benefit the children of Africa.

Who will dare to say: “ Forget about Africa, nothing ever happens there”?!

Ref.: SAA Sawubona

This article originally posted on: http://www.dial-direct.co.za and reposted with permission.


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Oscar Pistorius: A Look at his Life

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Oscar Pistorius arriving at court

What the people in Oscar’s life revealed about his character

Just a while before that tragic evening when Oscar’s life changed forever, he spoke to Mr. Bill Schroder, former head teacher at Pretoria Boys High School which Pistorius attended. Schroder wonders how the pressure Oscar was under all the time, affected his mind and reported that Oscar said  on occasion it would be so nice just to be ordinary.

Pistorius experienced huge trauma at age 15, when his mother died. Oscar, his older brother, Carl, and younger sister, Aimee, were much closer to their mom than their dad, according to Schroder. To lose their mother in an already broken home, must have been hell to cope with.  It was a critical episode of his childhood and Pistorius battled to come to terms.

Did he ever process it or is he still carrying emotional scars and the fear of losing the woman in his life? Would Oscar have been a different man if he had had a closer bond with his father to set the example? Or is it a case of like father like son, as far as relationships with women are concerned, except that Oscar would rather shoot than separate?

Schroder is of the opinion that the spotlight may have been too bright for Oscar. Fame brings power and power corrupts. Did Oscar Pistorius want ultimate power?

The materialistic Oscar

Pistorius loves material possessions, such as expensive cars, luxurious homes, race horses, exotic animals and trendy clothes. Was a girlfriend or more specifically, Reeva Steenkamp, seen as one of his possessions?

Uncle Arnold Pistorius reportedly said that Reeva and Oscar had plans together. Did Reeva know about those plans? Arnold also implied that Oscar was happier in his private life than he had been for a long time. So, before Reeva, was he unhappy for a long time?

Dr. Versveld, his orthopedic surgeon said he warned Oscar to cut down on his activities. He did everything that everyone else did. Was that a case of being driven to impress or trying to keep up with the latest beat? What is/was chasing Oscar Pistorius?

Relations with the opposite sex

Trish Taylor, mother of Samantha Taylor, an ex girlfriend of Oscar is glad that her daughter was not in his clutches any more. Could it be that Pistorius held her captive in some way and what did he do to Sammy? Reportedly, Sammy knew all about Oscar’s dark side and told a newspaper that he wasn’t the way people thought of him. What kind of person is he?

Reeva Steenkamp was supposed to give a speech to schoolchildren on the day she died at the hand of her lover, about an abusive family relationship she experienced.

Was it abuse that ended her life?

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More about Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius: Behind the Glitz & Glamour
Oscar Trial: Blerry Rude, the Cop & the Cricket Bat
 

 

 

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