My name is Josef Yohannes and I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark with my twin sister. I am from Eritrea and I moved to Oslo, Norway when I was 9 years old. I decided to study human rights and political science so I could get in a political position to change the conditions that a lot of people were facing everyday, such as racism, discrimination, poverty, broken homes, drugs and crime.
While I was studying Political Science and Human Rights at the University of Oslo I was selected by a commitee to attend a United Nations Conference for students that Harvard University are behind. I went three years in a row (Hague, Netherlands, Taipei, Taiwan and New York, USA).
I have also worked doing events for companies like Coca-Cola, Universal Music and Phat Farm and for artists like 50 Cent and G-Unit, Phat Farm, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman, Fabolous and many more.
In 2010 I got an idea to create my very own superhero who I called The Urban Legend when I was in Botswana, South Africa and several other countries. I wanted my superhero to be the first global black superhero, that could inspire kids from all over the world and especially Africa, because there is a lack of good role models coming from there. He is a superhero who fights against evilness and oppression, he gives the poor, the forgotten and those who cant stand for themselves a voice.
The Urban Legend is available in 12 different languages and its part of school curriculum in Norway, Kenya and Eritrea.
The Urban Legend has been featured in the Norwegian press, as well as USA Today.
In 2014 I became a Nelson Mandela ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Library Project through the Nelson Mandela Family Foundation.
I am also working on a documentary on Malcolm X and writing my first book which will be out next year.