If there is anything that has proven to be universal, it is the existence of suffering. Regardless of their background, every person has known what it feels to face a challenge and be daunted by its overwhelming nature. Independent author Atiba Clarke is privy to how insurmountable hurdles can be, but proving people’s ability to overcome, he managed to rise above his circumstances and now serves as an inspiration to others.
Hailing from Brooklyn, this 27-year-old writer, whose family is from Trinidad, was born with cerebral palsy. It is no exaggeration to say that he is intimately aware of how hard life is, contending with the implications of his condition ever since he was young. But amidst these challenges, Atiba Clarke has demonstrated admirable resilience and the will to survive and thrive.
On top of his faith in God and the support from his family and friends, it is his devotion to Beyoncé that strengthened and motivated him to keep moving forward. Atiba Clarke demonstrates that looking up to a celebrity or any other industry authority is not a waste of time, contrary to what others continuously assert. Atiba is grateful to Beyoncé for many things, and two weeks ago, Beyoncé even sent him a box from her clothing line Ivy Park. It has long been established that icons have the power to influence and inspire action, and in Atiba’s case, Beyoncé pushed him to take control of his life.
In 2013, Atiba Clarke made his first appearance in the book industry, publishing a book about his life in hopes of meeting his idol. While working on the manuscript, he was contacted by the superstar’s publicist, Yvette Noel Schure, and she made arrangements for the author to finally meet his idol.
Fueled by the goal of Beyoncé being the first recipient outside his family to receive a copy of the completed book, Atiba Clarke poured time and effort into finishing his creative output. In August of that year, his dreams came into fruition with the musician not only going out of her way to meet him but also expressing her admiration of his tenacity and warm spirit.
Today, Atiba Clarke brings with him Beyoncé’s encouraging words as he stands as a pillar of support and a beacon of hope for those who are struggling. Through his books, he provides much-needed wisdom and insights about how to deal with life’s adversities, exploring the mindset one needs to embrace to make it through trials.
To date, his most famous book, “Unexpected Words from a Gifted Angel,” continues to impact readers in a multitude of ways. Acting as a medium for Atiba Clarke, this self-help book provides tips on personal growth. Written to serve as an inspiration, it takes the readers on the author’s personal journey and the road that led him to where he is now.
“Unexpected Words from a Gifted Angel” perfectly balances insight and humor, earning the love of readers because of its emphasis on the inevitability of experiencing failures and how life goes on despite them.
In addition to his recent bestseller, Atiba Clarke aims to write more books in the coming years. He also hopes to expand his influence and reach more people by securing film adaptations for his work. Regardless of the nature of his future endeavors, he wants them to provide a constant reminder of the feasibility of success and a better future, even amidst challenges.