Introducing Yoko from This Is My Brave Arlington!


Msafiri Yoko Makembe is originally from Moshi, Tanzania. His name, “Msafiri,” is a Kiswahili word meaning “traveler” or “ambassador.” He migrated to the United States with his mother and father in 1978.

Yoko has been a volunteer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness for 9 years. In 2003 he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yoko has dedicated his life to bringing awareness to mental illness and providing encouragement to others in recovery.

For Yoko, participating in the show is a two-way street of benefits. The audience learns that they are not alone in dealing with mental health, and Yoko gains confidence and moves closer to accepting trauma in his life.

He enjoys painting and spending time with his niece, Brooklyn Margaret Lindo. Yoko currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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