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From Child Soldier to Peace Activist: Emmanuel Jal

Recruited as a child soldier in war-torn Southern Sudan, Mr. Jal escaped his situation and unbelievable challenges to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador.  Join us in hearing this extremely resilient man draw on his personal experiences and background.

In 2008 a full-length documentary on his life was released. The film, Warchild, won prestigious film festival awards worldwide. In the same year, his autobiography, also called Warchild, was published by Little Brown.

Mr. Jal has released six award nominated studio albums. He has collaborated and performed alongside artists such as Lauryn Hill, Xavier Rudd, Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Joss Stone, Ed Sheeran, Nile Rodgers and Alicia Keys.

Jal travels around the world to spread his message of reconciliation and peace through music and inspirational talks.


Join us for an exciting and lively lecture with Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese-Canadian artist, actor, former child soldier, and political activist – Tuesday, September 24, 12-1:00pm, in Gardner Commons, Rm. 2018 – This Pizza and Politics Forum is free and open to the public.

Last Updated: 3/31/21