When Home is New
Lual D'Awol, 26, L.U.A.L – Lyrically Untouchable African Legend, aka King of Africa, was born in New York City to diplomat parents who were abroad for much of the war. He returned to Sudan in 2009 for his older sisters wedding and decided to stay, “I started following what was going on in the country, and wanted to be apart of it.” Lual cultivated a passion for rap and basketball in 1999 while living in Baltimore. "I chose to come early so I could be involved in the whole referendum process and to see the birth of our nation, I'm going to stay here. I'm not going to go back (to the U.S.) because I don't really have anything else that I need to do over there." Now back in Juba, he’s doing work as an auditor for a project funded by the U.S. government called Deloitte. A rapper in his spare time, his latest song is titled "Scattered Overseas,” “I’m telling people to come home, I want my message to be heard clearly, hopefully it will prompt South Sudanese to come back, so we can get to work. People can’t think the gov’t is going to do it. Being here, it makes me feel like I can make a difference, be it through my music or anything else, it's the beginning of everything.”
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