|A Photograph depicts Father and Son!|
I decided to write and interview ordinary people (South African Hellenes) who have made a huge impact in South Africa and at the same time love a country they long for, Greece! In the first part of this journey I would like to introduce Greece-Sellas to a wonderful proud young Hellene, Georgios Kanavos. Georgios was born on the 8 January 1985 to an African Mother and Father. Unfortunately due to his biological mother's very young age she was not able to look after him.
He was sent as a baby to live with his grandmother who was working for a Greek Family in 1986. Not long after Georgios arrival, this Greek family, Georgios and Christina Kanavos decided that they would adopt and love this little boy.
Georgios was adored and loved by his new family with all their heart. His two sisters Efh and Tzenh Kanavou played an important part in his upbringing too.
Georgios attended Greek Church every Sunday, went to Greek school and was brought up to love and be proud to be a Hellene, a Pelloponesian Hellene.
Georgios excelled at school and when he completed high school he decided he wanted to go to Greece to serve his country in the army.
To his disappointment his mother, Christina, a typical Greek mother who worried about her children -felt that Georgios should rather complete his studies and then decide if he still had the need to go to the Greek army.
Georgios followed his passion of the Arts(Film making) and studied Media production.
He has been successful in producing two major productions for Television in South Africa, where he gained National recognition. His short films were called "Tree House" and "Debt".
Georgios' Dream is to produce a movie about his father, Georgios Kanavos (Senior) who left Greece at the age of 14, facing many difficulties- but with determination and hard work was able to make a life for his family in South Africa and at the same time never forgetting his beloved Greece.
Georgios love for being Greek and loving Greece is also depicted in a Clip (interview) I was privileged to have with him. This short Clip has been attached at the end of this article! I am so proud and honoured to be blessed with a brother like Georgios…
I would like to end by saying, that as a Hellenic Community in South Africa ,which is around 50 thousand Greek South Africans at the moment-We are PROUD of our heritage.
'PERIFANI' to come from a country like Greece and we know Greece will overcome every obstacle it faces at the present moment!
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