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Mantist Life Journey To FREEDOM:

Well, here is the story…

when I think about my life…where I’m in life right now compared to where I’ve been, it’s by pure God grace that I’m here as a testimony that anything is POSSIBLE if you want it bad enough.

I grew up dead poor and I hated it.

I’ve heard many successful people say things like,  “Oh, you know, growing up, we were pretty poor but we didn’t know whether we were poor or not”

That wasn’t me. I knew straight up that I was flat poor and busted. 

And up until I was 25, I felt like I was right at the bottom of all citizens. 

So, I made it my business and SINGLE MISSION to break that circle of poverty.

And I promise myself that, there was no price that’s too BIG that I wasn’t willing to pay to become a success. 

And I’ve been aggressive in pursuit of higher level of success since I was 25. 

To give you some context, let me rewind back and share with you where I came from:

I was born in a war torn country of South Sudan.

My father was a soldier. He died in action fighting for what I’ve been fighting for most of my life…FREEDOM.

He died when I was only 2 year old. So, I’ve grown up without father power.

I was raise by a single mum.

93, that was the beginning of the story. 

We fled from my war torn country of birth walking 2 weeks bare feet in a hot blistering sun from South Sudan to Uganda. 

I was barely 6 or 7. And that was the beginning of a painful journey in search of FREEDOM for me 

I can sum up my 1st three decades of my life journey to personal freedom in 3 phases:

1993 – 2003


Every waking day, I was in a survival state of mind.

Would I eat today? Would I be safe today?

Nothing else matter but to survive another day or die trying.

I remember, my entire grade 1 to 3 classroom was under a tree.

Not because we were some kinder Buddha who love nature. Hell No!

There was simply not enough classroom to accomodate everyone.

I can describe that experience in 5 words — “A Daily Fight To Survive.”

And the damage that experience caused to my self-esteem, self-confident, self-belief, self-worth and trust was severe.

For years, I was running on empty.

2004 – 2014

This 2nd 10 years of my life can be sum up in another one word:


Dec 9, 2004, I landed in Australia as a 16 year old. Everything was daunting. Every waking day, I dwelled in a victim state of mind.

Reliving my past, complaining about the present and worrying about the future.

I was constantly creating my secret museum of mental horror. “LIFE SUCK” was my favourite line.

I was blaming everyone and everything.

Rich people this, rich people that. The government this, the government that…you name it, I complain about it.

I gave up all my personal power and basically felt like I was living in a free country but not really free.

A terrible feeling. 

2014 – TO-DATE

This part of the 3rd decades, my life can be sum up in 2 words


You see, my back been on the wall for so long that eventually, I had to face myself in the mirror and say__ “Mantist, to get out of this rock bottom, it’s all on you buddy…NO HELP COMING!

That was my awakening moment.

I’ve sat in the pain of failure, mediocracy and survival so long that I hit my maximum threshold and couldn’t take it another more day.

I had it to the bone marrow. I was sick and tired and disgusted, living where I didn’t wanna live. Eating what I didn’t wanna eat. Doing what I didn’t wanna do.

It became whatever it takes scenario. There was no more exit door left. I had to become successful.

I set out to break the circle of poverty for me and my family forever. And I made a concrete decision that, There was no price that was too BIG that I wasn’t willing to pay to become a success.

So, I set a goal to become a millionaire. Don’t ask me why. I didn’t know why. It just sounded nice. But guess what, it turns out to be one of the best move. Coz the person I had to become to become a millionaire turned out to be one of the most exciting and challenging journey of my life.

Straight up, I started working toward liberating myself from past, present and future excuse making, victimhood and entitlement…And I felt like I hit a JackPot 🙂

That’s when for the first time ever, personal development became a very intentional daily and lifelong pursuit for me.

I started reading books for the first time. I started listening to podcast for the first time. I started seeking out mentors for the first time. I started searching for success principles for the first time. 

And I started feeling good about myself and believing in myself for the first time.

5 years later, I left the security of my corporate job and venture into full-time entrepreneurship…I was 29 year young.

I gotta admit, it was very scary at first not to have that security of a paycheque but it got easy over time.

Here are list of some of my accomplishment over the last few years

    • Founder of Mantistic Productions
    • Founder of Get Paid Living Your Passion
    • Music Producer and spoken word poet –
    • Performed in many Brisbane festivals such as the Brisbane Festival and the Zillmere Multicultural Festival
    • Headlined for World Refugee Community Day Festival with a turnout of 13,000 plus people
    • Performed in many small festivals such as Youth Day Festival and World Aids Day Festival, and many clubs, pubs, birthday parties, schools, and more
    • Been featured in many magazines and newspaper articles: such as The Courier Mail, MX, City News, Scene Magazine, The Chronicle, and more
    • Appeared on many radio stations (where my music was played or I was interviewed) such as ABC Coast FM, ABC Radio, SBS Radio radio, 4ZZZ and more
    • Released 3 original music albums and 1 spoken word album
    • Sold 25,000 hard and digital copies of his albums
    • Facilitated dozen of music and spoken words workshops
    • Finalist in Australian Poetry Slam 2011
    • Winner of Griffith University short film most outstanding male performance
    • Qmusic song Award finalist 2008 and 2009
    • Major in Audio and Film productions with SAE qantm
    • Diploma in Community Development
    • Early careers in sales and IT Engineering
    • Over 150,000 plus followers on his online platforms


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  1. John Newman says:

    Hey Mantist Oryem,
    I am impressed with your life story and your determination to be a success in life ..
    You have had your share of dangers pain and suffering and without doubt you have suffered your share of abuse and abusive people.
    I’m impressed with your determination as I believe only people who have had serious challenges from early life and reasons why they could be a no hoper – that have the necessary spirit and courage to act out in life as a businessman.

  2. Masepah Banu says:

    Hi Mantist,

    Thank you for sharing your life journey. Amazing how you pull thru, your life is a testimony that no matter how hard life can be, we can always pull thru by making our minds being positive of what can happen if we choose wisely and stay away from bad stuff. Your journey is inspiring and let it shine upon those who come in contact with you.

  3. Te Peina says:

    You have a pretty wild story, very inspirational

  4. Mary Kasongo says:

    Awesome story, as said behind every mountain there’s a resting place of blessings. I am interested to join your group.

  5. Aanaleah Maheno says:

    Mantist, your story was incredible and powerful to anyone who reads it….i was so inspired as well as incredibly impressed on your strength, courage and your determination to succeed. I also love and admire the love and strength of your beautiful mother. You are the perfect example of circumstances do not dictate your outcome.
    Congratulations on your success Mantist,you desrve it…hard work does pay off in the end.
    God bless my friend.

  6. Dennis Obel says:

    You made me laugh. I like the way you write. Life is a struggle but I like the fact that you have worked hard to get where you are. Proud of you bro!!

  7. sikhanyiso says:

    thanks for making a positive impact on society with your music and business ventures. I am impressed by your drive and dedication to succeed in life with what you have had to deal with. keep winning in life and I wish you all the best.

  8. Chrystalline A.D says:


    Your quotes inspire, educate and replenish my senses.
    I love how four short lines of wise words can educate and communicate so much meanings in a way that some books as a whole can’t.
    I am forever grateful to your effort to enrich lives and cause the masses to awaken from poverty.
    Keep doing what you’re doing, we are here with you!!

  9. Micolyna says:

    Your story touches me deeply. It’s amazing how you overcome such adversity and still focus on empowering and changing people lives. You are a special human being. I feel bless and inspired to coming across your story

  10. Damian says:

    Hey Mantist,

    I sincerely hope the new year is treating you well and optimistically. I enjoyed working with you on our rendition of “Somethings Going On” throughout the Access Arts 30th Anniversary and on our collaboration at the “Rising Star Master Class”. I like your words and music very much. I also find you very creative and would like to see you progress.

  11. Kaye McKinnon says:

    Good Morning Mantist

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. What an extraordinary life you have lived and you still have so much more ahead of you!

  12. Grace B says:

    Very authentic and raw…I got inspired and emotional. Thanks for sharing

  13. Mary says:

    Love your work Mantist. Such an inspiration 🙂

  14. Linda says:

    Anything is possible once the head believes it’s reachable. Amazing story Mantist Oryem . Book reading for self improvement is so beneficial. Love to you, so glad you have brought a world of love to your next generation.

  15. David L says:

    Life is a journey young man. Thanks God for his blessings 🙏🙏🙏

  16. El P says:

    You’re a lion!

  17. Lumastic Ambrose says:

    Wow bro I can see big changes in you compared to Kakumu life itself..

  18. Jason says:

    Thank you for share part of your raw emotional side of your upbringing.

  19. Leila says:

    Wow! Such an amazing success story, very inspiring

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