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Ashley Thomas  🐿

King Kaluuya.
Celebrate this man, he’s a hero and inspiration to us all. From the endz and local but humble and global.
Anything is possible. No excuses.
When one wins, we all win. #NAACPAWARD OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
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Forever.

On top of the world.
Watching the Sun Set on Table Mountain.

It felt good for the soul.

Met the coolest people up there too & we enjoyed it together.

Swipe to enjoy too ➡️

There’s load of fun, cool, beautiful stuff to do here in Cape Town but what was most important to me was making sure I went to Robben Island first.

Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the end of Apartheid.

Our Tour Guide was Vusumzi Mcongo, a political prisoner, that served 12 years at Robben Island Prison. He was arrested in 1976 for being a member of the South African Student Movement during a school Boycott in Port Elizabeth.

Students would be forced to protest because of the “Bantu Education Act” which was a segregation law that legalised a second rate education system for the native people. It denied natives access to the same educational opportunities and resources enjoyed by the non-natives. Bantu Education schools had dilapidated buildings, over crowded classrooms, poor teacher training, lack of texts books, lack of sports facilities and the effects can still be felt today because there are generations of people that were denied equal education. Bantu Education was designed to make people workers instead of allowing an individual to develop and flourish. (It makes me pissed of at myself even now for every time, I messed about in school in the UK and my educational privileges)

He broke down all the goings on in the prison for us. How they would be beaten, denied adequate food, how guards would make prisoners open their mouth and piss them, some were even kidnapped from prison never to be seen again and how bodies have been discovered as recently as 2013.

It was a very hard experience but nothing compared to what they had to go through, I’m humbled by it.

It made me angry and emotional but also made me proud of the people that never gave up the fight and were eventually triumphant.

From prisoner to President. ✊🏿 If you get the opportunity to go please do and then spread the knowledge and experience with others.

Hands down coming to South Africa has been one of the best experiences of my life so far and going to the Pilanesberg National Park Safari was the icing on the cake for me in Johannesburg.

Going to a Safari is actually on my #30for30s Bucket List. This was actually a dream of mine for years cos growing up the only exotic animals we saw were in zoos or on the TV, so getting to see them in their natural habitat just left me in awe. I’m thankful to the universe (and my hard work) for conspiring and blessing me with the opportunity to do this.

I was lucky enough to have a personal tour, just me and a guide. I got to see Lions, Hippoes, Elephants, Zebras, Antelopes, Wildebeast, Baboons, Rhinoceros, Giraffes and more. I didn’t see Timon but saw a real life Pumbaa!! 🙌🏾 I got to see 3 of the big 5. Didn’t get to see the Leopard or Buffalo.

I hope everyone gets to have this experience at least once in their lifetime.

Johannesburg sick. Next stop Cape Town. 🦒🐘🦏🦓🦌 #HelloMamaAfrica #LifeGoals

Africa, the richest continent on earth.
Never let the Western Media trick you into not going. It’s beautiful, come see for yourself. Doesn’t matter where, Ghana, Nigeria, SA, Kenya, wherever, whoever, just come. 🌍 *No hard hat needed* 👷🏿‍♂️

Whether you’re on the Endz, in business or in the Jungle... #bewareofsnakes 🐍

The Cradle Of Humankind. 👷🏿‍♂️ Early humanity. 🙌🏾 This was so sick. You gotta do it. Enchanting and spiritual.

Within the Sterkfontein Caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4-million years, to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, Homo sapiens.

Archaeological finds within the Cradle of Humankind also include 2-million-year-old stone tools. The oldest recorded is a collection of 270 burnt bones that reveals how our ancestors learned to master fire more than 1-million years ago – a significant development and an early technological innovation. The ability to do this has taken us from the basic skills needed to keep ourselves warm and to cook our food, to being able to control and harness the power of fire to the extent that we can now create and burn rocket fuel to reach space and beyond.

Mad.

Salute to my guy Jethro for getting us about today.

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Mandela’s Original House in Soweto.

Mandela came back to this house after his release from prison in 1990, despite suggestions from government officials that he find a safer home. At a rally welcoming him home to Soweto his opening words were, "I have come home at last." “That night I returned with Winnie to No. 8115 in Orlando West. It was only then that I knew in my heart I had left prison. For me No. 8115 was the centre point of my world, the place marked with an X in my mental geography.” The Mandela House at 8115 Orlando West, on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane Streets, Soweto, was built in 1945, part of a Johannesburg City tender for new houses in Orlando. Nelson Mandela moved here in 1946.

He was to spend little time here in the ensuing years, as his role in struggle activities became all-consuming and he was forced underground (1961), living a life on the run until his arrest and imprisonment in 1962.
Nelson Mandela returned here for a brief 11 days after his release from Robben Island in 1990, before finally moving to his present house in Houghton. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, herself imprisoned several times, lived in the house with her daughters while Nelson Mandela was in jail, until her own exile to Brandfort in 1977, where she remained under house arrest until 1986. -

Have to hail up the big man @sowetokinch. Happy Earthstrong King.

I thought I knew about the Apartheid in South Africa but I did NOT. Please go here if you get a chance.

I spent 5 hours here today, what I saw and read at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg brought me to tears. The stories and information was mind blowing.
How could this have been possible and allowed to happen up until the 90’s? The people that indulged in that system deserve to rot in hell and the proceeds of the wealth, taxed at a ridicilous rate and distributed amongst the people in perpetuity.

The museum showed me hatred and oppression at its worst but reminded me that the human spirit is unbreakable and will eventually overcome evil. “In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one's social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education ... But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being: honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, purity, generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve your fellow men - qualities within the reach of every soul - are the foundation of one's spiritual life.” --Nelson Mandela 🇿🇦

I can’t show you the good without the bad, that doesn’t help anyone. The left wasn’t good but I had two decisions, stay like that or discipline myself + break my bad eating habits. I hope it can inspire you if you’d like to make a similar journey. As long as YOU are happy with YOUR change, that is all that matters, only compare yourself to YOU.

#TransformationTuesday
#BeforeAndAfter
#SuperHeroTraining -
@UpFitnessLive We started in May. My Body Fat was 28.6%. My aim was to get lean, look athletic, not be bulky, or too skinny & get to around 15%. We worked for 14 weeks in-house.
I’m now at 12.8% fat, strong & feeling healthy.
Anything is possible with discipline, consistency & hard work. This is just the beginning for 14 weeks of hard training, imagine what can be done in 52 weeks! I’ve got LOADS more work to do. I'm gonna keep on training, improving & get stronger. Bring on 2018 & beyond.
Anyone starting their fitness journey, working on the best you in 2018 I applaud you, good luck, don’t give up, stay consistent, you can do it!
Happy New Year!
Love, Ashley.

In 2017 I had to take a look at myself. I’d wrapped on 24. I’d put on weight to play the character as authentically as possible but when I finished I made no effort to remove it. I continued eating & let myself go plus I hadn’t trained for over 5 years.
I was out of shape for three reasons 1. I was eating badly, 2. I was being lazy.
The 3rd is, I suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a condition called Ulcerative Colitis. It has caused several problems for me; extreme fatigue, crazy abdominal pain, which will cause me agony for hours sometimes but you know what it’s like, being guy too, you just wanna crack on like nothing is wrong.
Anyway, I reached out to @HeyItsNickMitchell for help. He’s the founder of Ultimate Performance @UpFitnessLive, one of the foremost personal training companies in the fitness industry, one of the leading personal trainers & body composition experts.
He removed Gluten & Dairy from my diet immediately to see if this would help with the Ulcerative Colitis, and I noticed a massive change. No stomach pain, improvement with fatigue.
Nick then paired me with one of his most senior trainers, Eddie Baruta. He worked out a full nutritional & training plan for me.
We started in May. My Body Fat was 28.6%. My aim was to get lean, look athletic, not be bulky, or too skinny & get to around 15%. We worked for 14 weeks in-house. I had to leave for 13 weeks to shoot on 3 different projects, in Paris, Vancouver, NYC so I couldn’t train as consistently & thought I wouldn’t be able do this but Eddie was still encouraging, guiding me on how to maintain via email & WhatsApp so I wouldn’t flop.
I’m now at 12.8% fat, strong & feeling healthy. Anything is possible with discipline, consistency & hard work. This is just the beginning for me, 14 weeks of hard training, imagine what can be done in 52 weeks! I’ve got LOADS more work to do. I'm gonna keep on training, improving & get stronger. Bring on 2018 & beyond.
Anyone starting their fitness journey, working on the best you in 2018 I applaud you, good luck, don’t give up,
stay consistent, you can do it!
Happy New Year!

Share your journey & goals in the comments.
Love, Ashley.

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