Leslie Lewis Sword is an actor and writer who recently moved to BC with her husband Gavin, and their two young children Christina Harelimana and Savilla Niyonkuru. She was educated at Harvard University and UCLA, and her show Miracle in Rwanda will be performing from Sept 8-Oct 3 in Vancouver. www.MiracleInRwanda.com
TAN : How have you seen yourself transformed and renewed since taking on the role of Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza?
I have a much better sense of the power of our minds. Her focus on God in the midst of a genocide inspires me all the time.
TAN :What do you draw your inspiration from and what has inspired you most?
I am inspired by this beautiful planet we live on, and all the wonderful people on it!
TAN : What does this role represent to you and how does it affect you when acting on stage?
I LOVE performing this show–she is an incredible person to play, and I always feel energized at the end of the show.
TAN : As a woman and a mother what nourishing message do you have for our society?
Our kids have inner guidance and they have so much to teach us about enjoying the moment, without worry.
TAN: What advice and encouragement do you think we need to give our youth today?
I think the world is in good hands. Life is good. Enjoy it! If I ever feel discouraged, all I need to do is remember that Barack Hussein Obama is now the president of the United States of America, and I get tears in my eyes for the glory of the goodness of this world.
TAN: We thank you for your time and the service you give to society, and wish you much continued success.
Interview by The Afro News Reporter Honore G.