My name is Kofi Obiri-Yeboah but to the world I am KOFI. I am an artist, vegan activist, and social entrepreneur. When I’m not making music and films, I’m doing protests and actions for animal liberation. I’m all about liberation for all earthlings. I’m from Vancouver, Canada but currently, live in Montreal. You can follow my adventures on my IG (www.instagram.com/kofiartist). I am part of the non-profit organization Vie-Gan (www.vie-gan.com), created by my activist partner in crime Jessie Nadeau (www.instagram.com/jessie_advocacy).
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I went vegan after watching a documentary where cows were being raised and slaughtered at a disgustingly alarming rate to make beef and the Amazon was being destroyed simultaneously. I was a vegetarian before that doc and vegan forever after. I searched for more documentaries. Watching Earthlings right after solidified my decision.
Why is being Vegan important to you?
I have never felt more alive and connected to myself, the world, and the universe. It has taught me to be my true self and spread unconditional love. It is the greatest way for us all to connect to the source and to save our planet and its earthlings. Nothing is more important to me than making the world better. Going vegan allows this.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Check out our YouTube page (Vie-Gan) for our activist missions: www.youtube.com/channel/UCffN8WQULebV4ZhTBMHYuWw
Call To Action: The Swimming Pigs (Short Documentary)
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
All day, every day. I am a walking advertisement for going vegan. I use social media to post and share my own material as well as material from other vegan activists and organizations. But taking action is everything to me.
One of my favourite moments ever was recently in Florida with Miami Animal Save (www.facebook.com/miamianimalsave) at Mary’s Ranch, a slaughterhouse that allows people to pick a pig to be killed and taken home to be eaten. Parents bring their kids there with them. You can hear the pig screams standing across the street from that nightmare place. There were about 30 of us activists protesting and we saw an African-American man mocking us with a pig corpse, so I took a megaphone and let him know that one brother from another, we should know what oppression is and how he was still a slave too but I was there to wake him up so he can be free from oppression like me. You can see the video in the last question and on my Instagram. I spoke from my heart and it really inspired people. That was a life changing moment and has taken my activism to another level. It confirmed to me that I was a badass activist. So thanks to Cristina Cuadrado (instagram.com/crisveganfit) for handing me that megaphone because that fire has only grown since that day. We won’t stop until that place is shut down.
What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?
That we are all scrawny and can’t find proteins and nutrients. Look at my picture. I’m a beast. Many of us are warriors.
Are you a cruelty-Free vegan?
Is there any other type of vegan? If you aren’t cruelty-free you’re probably just on a plant-based diet. Veganism is about compassion and no cruelty.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
It only gets better. No matter how difficult it feels sometimes, the feeling of being alone, the obstacles in front of you, everything gets better. It’s like breaking free from the matrix. You are Neo. You are Trinity. You are the one. You are a superhero and superheroine here to save the world through your compassion.