1. Juliet Ibrahim: talk to us a little bit about balancing or tapping into the cultures into which you were born? How did the diversity of your experiences, and later growing up in Ghana – impact the woman you have become?
From a young age, the intricate tapestry of my mixed heritage ignited a deep curiosity within me. This curiosity didn’t just stop at understanding the cultures I was born into; it extended to a genuine fascination with languages and a desire to explore the world. My childhood has been an incredible journey that has shaped who I am today. Embracing the cultures has given me a unique perspective on life, allowing me to appreciate the beauty and richness of each heritage.
Being exposed to many languages and cultures from an early age built a solid basis for my love of languages. I found myself drawn to studying other languages, not just for communication, but also to immerse myself in the essence of each culture. This allowed me to connect with people on a deeper level, breaking through barriers and building genuine relationships wherever I grew up and travelled. Growing up in Ghana introduced me to the vivid traditions, values, and friendliness of the Ghanaian culture. It taught me the value of community, resilience, and the joy of celebrating life’s milestones. My Lebanese heritage, on the other hand, brought me a rich history, close family ties, and a passion for delectable cuisine.
Balancing these diverse backgrounds was a nice challenge, one that boosted my adaptability and opened my mind to new ideas. This cross-cultural interaction has made me more open-minded, sympathetic, and globally aware. It’s also spurred my desire to perform and share stories, allowing me to connect with individuals from all walks of life through my work.
Growing up in several places allowed me to witness personally the wonderful tapestry of cultures and cities from all over the world. Each location I lived or visited has its own distinct set of traditions, sights, and noises. This experience instilled in me a sense of wanderlust, motivating my desire to travel and explore. I yearned to be immersed in the splendor of other settings and to sample exotic foods.
My experiences as I traveled from one location to the next added to the mosaic of my identity. Traveling has become an important part of my identity, altering my perspective, widening my views, and stimulating my creativity. It also strengthened my faith in the power of cultural interchange, reminding me of the numerous connections we can make by embracing our differences and enjoying our common humanity.
In summary, my heritage’s diverse combination, together with the adventures of my youth, created the groundwork for a life committed to experiencing languages, cultures, and cities around the world. It’s a trip that’s still evolving, a monument to the limitless beauty and endless possibilities that come from accepting diversity and cultivating a passion for travel.
Overall, the experience has taught me that embracing variety enhances not only my own life but also the lives of people around me. I’m proud of the woman I’ve become, someone who can bridge cultures, break down barriers, and inspire people to embrace their diverse roots.
2. What inspired your pursuit to enter the world of creative arts, more specifically acting?
As an actress, I’ve always stated in interviews that my ambition to pursue a career in the creative arts, particularly acting, sprang from my early childhood love of stories and the need to connect with others on an emotional level. I grew up watching Bollywood, Arabic, and Nollywood films. When I started being a part of school playlets, I was drawn to the enchantment of cinema and how it allowed me to step into the shoes of different characters and experience their lives. It also emphasized my desire to entertain and inspire others via my performances, which inspired me to pursue acting as a profession. Throughout my journey, I have highlighted the necessity of using art to convey vital messages, offer varied perspectives, and create a beneficial impact on society.
3. Today you wear many hats beyond being an Actress, including Humanitarian, Speaker, Author, and Producer to name but a few. How does a woman of your stature balance the many responsibilities that come with striving toward excellence in each one?
To be honest, I am completely committed to my numerous duties and obligations. My ability to balance several projects stems from a combination of good time management, persistent dedication, and a passion for each. I feel that by focusing on one work at a time and defining clear priorities, I can give my all in whatever role I take on.
Furthermore, I surround myself with a supportive team that helps coordinate and manage my responsibilities, allowing me to focus on delivering excellence in all facets of my diverse work. My desire to make a positive difference on multiple fronts drives me to succeed in all of my pursuits.
4. You come to Dubai often, a destination that has proved to be a haven for opportunity for many across Africa and the African diaspora at large. Talk to us about what you love about Dubai.
For various reasons, Dubai maintains a special place in my heart. The city’s vibrant energy and diversified culture speak to me, reflecting my multicultural background. I am awestruck by Dubai’s architectural marvels and the way it perfectly merges contemporary and heritage. Every time I visit Dubai, I am astounded by the number of new sites to see. Dubai provides exceptional prospects not only for job advancement but also for networking and engaging with people from all walks of life.
Furthermore, Dubai’s devotion to innovation and breaking new ground aligns with my principles of ongoing evolution and exploration of new frontiers. The city’s elegance and opulence create a distinct feeling of inspiration and motivation, inspiring me to aim higher and pursue my objectives with zeal. Dubai never fails to captivate me every time I visit, whether it’s the gorgeous skyline, world-class entertainment, shopping possibilities, or welcoming hospitality. It’s a place where dreams may come true, and I’m honored to be a part of its rich tapestry.
5. When in Dubai, what are your five favourite places to visit or explore and why?
When I’m in Dubai, there are five favourite places I love to visit and explore on each trip. Each of these spots holds a special significance to me and offers a unique blend of experiences that resonate deeply:
The Dubai Mall: As a fashion enthusiast, I adore spending time at The Dubai Mall. It’s a shopping paradise with an incredible range of luxury brands and stylish boutiques. The mall’s vibrant atmosphere and world-class architecture create a truly immersive shopping experience that I can’t resist.
Burj Khalifa: The Burj Khalifa is an architectural marvel that never fails to amaze me. The opportunity to ascend to its towering heights and take in the panoramic views of the city is a breathtaking experience. I also adore the new glass slide experience that has been added. It’s a moment of reflection on the limitless possibilities that Dubai represents.
Wild Wadi Water Park: For moments of excitement and fun for the whole family, I love visiting Wild Wadi Water Park. The thrilling water rides, adventurous slides, and refreshing aquatic environment provide the perfect escape from the ordinary. It’s a place where I can let loose and embrace the sheer joy of the moment.
Dubai Theme Parks: I adore the Dubai theme parks for the thrilling entertainment they offer. The various parks cater to different tastes, whether it’s the adrenaline rush of roller coasters or the magical world of animation and storytelling. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so you’ll find me at the Dubai theme parks spending an entire day enjoying the activities alone or with my family and friends. It’s a fantastic way to embrace the joy and excitement that Dubai brings.
Global Village: One of my favourite cultural destinations is Global Village. It’s a melting pot of diverse cultures, showcasing a tapestry of traditions, cuisines, and performances from around the world. Exploring the pavilions and embracing the global unity on display is both enriching and heartwarming.
6. If you were to settle in Dubai, what would be your drawing card?
The dynamic fusion of luxury and innovation that Dubai provides would surely be an attraction for me if I were to relocate there. I find it quite impressive how seamlessly Dubai combines heritage and modernity. Dubai is a place where I can keep broadening my horizons and thriving as both an actor and a person because of the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the limitless prospects for growth and creativity, and the international mingling pot of cultures. The city’s bright energy and constant dedication to excellence and advancement would act as an irresistible magnet to keep me rooted in Dubai and motivate me to add to its rich cultural heritage.
7. Any upcoming project details you are able to share?
I generally wait until a project is ready to launch before making announcements about it, but I’m excited to discuss some intriguing forthcoming projects that I’m working on. On the educational front, I’m presently working on a project to empower and motivate young African women to pursue their aspirations and fulfill their objectives. I have a special place in my heart for this initiative, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will improve the lives of these young ladies.
I’m also working on a few travel-related projects. I love learning about various cultures, making friends with individuals from many origins, and sharing my experiences with my followers.
These projects will enable me to embark on adventures that will not only be personally rewarding for me but will also allow me to display the beauty and diversity of the locations I visit.
My memoir “A Toast to Life” is being adapted into a film, which is both bizarre and exhilarating for me. It’s an opportunity to bring my narrative to life on the big screen, to inspire others with my experiences, and to connect on a whole new level with a larger audience. The book is currently available in audiobooks, e-books, local bookshops, and online.
Aside from that, I’m working on a new film project with a well-known South African production firm. This partnership is a testament to the power of cross-cultural collaboration and storytelling.
I’m very passionate about making stories that connect with people all over the world, and this project gives me a tremendous platform to do just that. Working with a South African production business allows me to experiment with new narratives and viewpoints on the big screen. I am also in discussions with a Mollywood production business situated in Dubai about collaborating on large projects involving the UAE, Ghana, and the Nigeria Film Industry.
Both the memoir-turned-film and the new film projects are exciting steps forward in my career as an actor, producer, and storyteller. They are chances for me to keep engaging with people, telling meaningful stories, and making a difference in the world of entertainment. I’m happy about these opportunities and eager to explore where these initiatives will take me next. As usual, I intend to use my platform to make a positive impact on the world. My mission is to inspire, uplift, and make meaningful connections with people from all walks of life, whether through educational pursuits or travel projects. Stay tuned for additional information on these projects, and I’m looking forward to continuing this path of growth and exploration with you all.
8. What are your top 5 African countries to visit and why?
Having visited and lived in various African countries, it’s a tough decision to choose just 5 but here are my top 5 African countries to visit and why:
Ghana: As my home country, Ghana holds a special place in my heart. Its rich history, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality create a unique and welcoming atmosphere. From exploring the bustling markets of Accra to relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Cape Coast, Ghana offers a diverse range of experiences that showcase the beauty of West Africa.
South Africa: South Africa’s stunning landscapes, from the majestic Table Mountain to the picturesque Garden Route, make it a must-visit destination. The country’s blend of cultures, along with its wildlife and vibrant cities, creates an unforgettable journey that celebrates the diversity of the African continent.
Kenya: Kenya’s breathtaking wildlife and natural beauty are unparalleled. Embarking on a safari through the Maasai Mara or Amboseli National Park offers a chance to witness some of the world’s most incredible creatures in their natural habitat. The local culture, with its traditions and festivals, adds another layer of fascination to the experience.
Tanzania: The allure of Tanzania lies in its iconic landmark, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the stunning Serengeti National Park. Witnessing the Great Migration of wildebeest and other animals is a spectacle that captures the essence of the African wilderness. Zanzibar’s pristine beaches and historical Stone Town also make it a unique and charming destination.
Nigeria: Nigeria’s bustling cities, diverse cultures, and vibrant arts scene create a dynamic and energetic environment. From the bustling streets of Lagos to the ancient city of Benin, there’s a rich tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored. Nigeria’s music, fashion, and cuisine contribute to a captivating journey through West Africa.
These five African countries offer a glimpse into the continent’s beauty, diversity, and cultural richness, making them truly captivating destinations that I hold close to my heart.
9. Favourite pass-time when you are not working?
During my downtime, when I’m not working, I love to engage in activities that help me unwind and recharge. One of my favourite pastimes is immersing myself in a captivating book. There’s something magical about getting lost in a story and letting my imagination roam free. I also enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones, whether it’s a cozy movie night at home or exploring new places together. And of course, staying active is important to me, so you’ll often find me hitting the gym, dancing, visiting a Karaoke bar to sing with friends, visiting the beach, or going for a refreshing walk outdoors. These moments of relaxation and connection are essential for maintaining balance in my busy life.
10. What advice do you have for young Ghanaian, or fellow African women who have goals to scale heights to global recognition levels as you have?
To all the young Ghanaian and fellow African women who aspire to reach global recognition levels, I want you to know that your dreams are valid, and you have the power within you to achieve greatness. Here’s my advice to help you on your journey:
Believe in Yourself: Your self-belief is the foundation of your success. Embrace your unique qualities, talents, and strengths. Don’t be afraid to stand out and confidently pursue your passions.
Stay Resilient: The road to success is rarely smooth. You will face challenges, setbacks, and doubters along the way. Stay strong, resilient, and persistent. Use every obstacle as a stepping stone to propel yourself forward.
Continuous Learning: Never stop learning and growing. Seek opportunities to acquire new skills, expand your knowledge, and stay updated with industry trends. Education is a lifelong journey that opens doors to endless possibilities.
Network and Collaborate: Surround yourself with a supportive network of mentors, peers, and like-minded individuals. Collaboration can lead to innovative ideas and opportunities that you might not have discovered on your own.
Embrace Failure: Failure is a part of any journey. Don’t let it deter you. Instead, view it as a valuable lesson and a chance to refine your approach. Use failures as stepping stones toward your ultimate success.
Set Clear Goals: Define your goals with clarity and create a roadmap to achieve them. Break down your larger objectives into smaller, manageable steps. Celebrate each milestone you achieve along the way.
Embrace Your Heritage: Your African heritage is a source of strength and inspiration. Incorporate your culture and background into your work and aspirations. Your unique perspective can set you apart and resonate with a global audience.
Give Back: As you climb the ladder of success, remember to uplift others and give back to your community. Your success can inspire and empower others to pursue their dreams as well.
Practice Self-Care: Taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being is crucial. Balancing your personal and professional life will help you maintain the stamina needed to achieve your goals.
Stay True to Yourself: Amidst all the external influences, stay true to who you are and what you stand for. Authenticity is a powerful force that attracts genuine connections and contributes to your long-term success.
Remember, your journey may have challenges, but each obstacle is an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser. With dedication, passion, and a clear vision, you have the potential to make a significant impact and achieve the global recognition you desire. Dream big and go after your aspirations with unwavering determination. Your story can inspire generations to come.