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Meet Angelique Munyange

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelique Munyange.

Angelique, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and when I finished primary school, my family relocated to South Africa. It was very difficult in the beginning seeing as I came from a French-speaking country and having to now speak the very little English that I learned from watching tv.

I was painfully shy, so my mom forced me to join public speaking which, I hated but committed to because she wouldn’t let me quit, I somehow found myself joining the choir and the drama club which I really enjoyed. So throughout high school, I got to take part in some productions and concerts majored in Acting.

My love for performing was born then. By the end of high school, I wasn’t ready to give it up so, I moved to LA and went to film school to keep my passion alive and strong. It’s been a little over a year since I moved and I’ve grown both as a person and a performer. So the passion is still alive and stronger than ever.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Throughout this journey, I’ve been lucky enough to have had extremely supportive friends and family, so it hasn’t been too challenging. Convincing my dad to let me move here was one, if not the only real obstacle; seeing as I was the first person in my family to choose to go into something unconventional.

A good portion of my family went into law which is something a lot of people expected me to do, but after great arguments and intense conversations, I convinced my dad that I was sure of what I wanted to do. After that, there hasn’t been an obstacle big enough to make me change my mind or alter my course which I am greatly thankful for.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I have met so many great people, accomplished things I couldn’t even begin to dream of and learned things `about myself that are irreplaceable. I would maybe, say yes more and put more effort in some things but otherwise, I am happy with my choices.

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Vacation theory, Oluwasegun Oladele-Ajose, Joan Ogbonnaya

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