John Amos' Daughter Shannon Amos Details Her Near-Death Experience on the Nile River

One of the favorite activities of Shannon Amos, the daughter of "Good Times" star John Amos, is visiting as many African countries as possible. She almost died in Uganda, though.

Shannon was born in New Jersey, and she is one of the two children that the famous actor had with artist and equestrian Noel Mickelson. The couple's second child is K.C. Amos.

"And then suddenly I shot to the surface."

John Amos, Shannon Amos, K.C. Amos and friends on December 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

John Amos, Shannon Amos, K.C. Amos and friends on December 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

K.C. AND SHANNON AMOS' CAREERS

Both of John's children followed in their father's footsteps and got involved in the entertainment industry, only that in a different area.

In Shannon's case, she is a producer and writer known for her work in "CI Atlanta," "No Budget Gourmet," and "The Battle." John Amos' son, on the other hand, is mostly a director and producer who has worked in "Hauntsville" and "Tamales and Gumbo."

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Thanks for the birthday wishes K.C.! Always good times. -Pops

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Life is more than just working and paying bills, and Shannon knows it firsthand. She has been visiting several countries in Africa to learn from their culture and also help as much as possible.

On January 21, the producer uploaded a slideshow from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, showing a big group of children that she called the "Cherry Scholars."

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The Cherry Scholars are the children of Kibera Slums. They’re the most vulnerable in the slums, but they’re also the most amazing children I’ve ever met. : The kids are so full of love and light. 550 children attend school at the Cherry Centre. For 8 hours out of their day they get to be kids. : The Cherry Centre provides meals, which many would go without otherwise — a safe environment, learning and a sense of community. According to Wiki, the average family in Kibera earns about $1.00 USD per day — $30 USD per month. : Cherry Centre is in need of more class rooms (30+ kids in a class), more books and assistance with children’s tuition (which covers books and food). If you would like to donate or learn more please visit CherryCentre.Org #cherrycentre #KiberaSlums #Kibera #Nairobi #Africa #ShareTheLove #Healing #Wellbeing #PayItForward

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SHANNON TRAVELING AFRICA

In the caption, Shannon Amos wrote about the Cherry Centre, which provides education, a safe environment, and meals to the 550 students. She also pointed out that they needed a lot of assistance when it comes to their tuition.

For that reason, she asked her followers to visit their website to learn more about them and also to donate. According to John Amos's daughter, the money would go to buying books and food.

Only one day earlier, Shannon shared another slideshow that portrayed her waiting for a truckload of stone bricks given to the SOMWA Foundation that would be used to build a school for children in Kajiado County in Kenya. She added in the caption:

"I'm so happy to be a part of @Iamsomwa's 'foundation' — the concrete that will be poured on her land will create a safe space for many children for years to come. It will give them the foundation they need to thrive."

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Ride or Die.... Today waiting for a truckload of stone bricks to be delivered to @iamsomwa’s children’s school that my friend Shaq is building in Kajiado County, Kenya. Since the truck was late I took the moment to soak in the sun. : I’m so proud of my friend Shaq and happy to be a part of her project by donating bricks for her new school’s foundation. When I think about the irony in helping with the “foundation” it reminds me that the base of everything is our foundation. In our childhood our foundation shapes us — as we grow our foundation is where we establish our relationships. As we mature, in the pursuit of happiness, we build our home, community, and personal lives on a solid foundation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so happy to be a part of @Iamsomwa’s “foundation” — the concrete that will be poured on her land will create a safe space for many children for years to come. It will give them the foundation they need to thrive. If you’d like to learn more about SOMWA Foundation check out her @iamsomwa or go to www.somwafoundation.org. 💜💜💜💜🇰🇪 #IRideForMyFriends

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Just like she did with the Cherry Scholars' post, the producer and writer urged her followers to visit the website of the SOMWA Foundation to learn more about their mission.

Helping people is not the only thing that Shannon has done in Africa. Of course, she has taken her time to enjoy the beauty of nature. Unfortunately, it almost cost her her life.

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Women are the bearers of life and I feel we must also be the gate keepers, the change makers, teachers and healers. The divine feminine is out of balance — we as a collective need to get grounded and re-connected with nature for deeper healing and understanding of what is happening on our planet. So much taking and not enough giving. Healing self is the beginning of healing family and community. Tonight actor Joaquin Phoenix said something during the Oscars that truly touched me — He said, “I've been thinking a lot about some of the distressing issues that we are facing collectively and I think at times we are made to feel that we champion different causes. But for me, I see commonality," he said. "I think whether we are talking about gender inequality or racism, or queer rights, or indigenous rights or animal rights, we are talking about the fight against injustice. We are talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control, use and exploit one another with impunity. I think that we have become every disconnected from the natural world.” : We are at a tipping point on so many levels — Our self care and our connection with nature has never been more necessary. Learning to love ourselves beyond ego not only brings about a shift in awareness but it also allows us to SEE how connected we are to everything around us. With practice we see that we are more a like than different. Nature provides all the medicine we need and a solution to every problem. It’s so important that we get back to honoring her and honoring the feminine divine within each of us if we hope to ever balance the scales. : I’m grateful for my family, my friends and my community — We are students for life and support is needed for all of us. I’m so grateful to share space with such amazing humans and for an incredible self care retreat with @meditatingwithanimals @theofficialphoenixrising. What a perfect way to self love and share love into the new moon. I’m looking forward to everything that is unfolding right NOW.💕

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SHANNON AMOS' NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

On New Year's Eve, she uploaded a video to her Instagram account sharing the story of her near-death experience while white water rafting on the Nile River in Jinja, Uganda.

For the caption, Shannon Amos explained that she and two of her friends were thrown out of their boat by the strong currents of the river. Her two friends were taken out of the water quickly, but she wasn't.

John Amos and daughter Shannon Amos on June 26, 1988 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

John Amos and daughter Shannon Amos on June 26, 1988 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Since she was trapped under the boat, she tried to hang onto the rope placed on the side of it, but it had been ripped off by the rapids, as well. To make matters worse, Shannon was spinning toward the bottom as she got trapped in a whirlpool.

No matter how hard she fought, the water was stronger and kept pulling her down into deeper water. She knew she had to conserve her breath, but such a "simple" task kept getting harder with each passing second.

Maybe because of the fatigue or the lack of oxygen, Shannon started thinking of her daughter and how difficult it would be for her to learn that her mother died. However, she surrendered to the current. She wrote:

"Suddenly, the current and my life vest began to move me toward the top, but I didn't know if I would make it. I could see the light above me but every time I got close the current dragged me down. … And then suddenly I shot to the surface."

John Amos and Shannon Amos in November 2004 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

John Amos and Shannon Amos in November 2004 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Once there, she caught her breath and rose her hands so that someone could see and help her. Despite the strong currents, one of the safety guides got close in his kayak and instructed her to keep her eyes open and hang onto his rope.

"By God's grace," she did it, and the guide dragged her to the safety. Shannon admitted to being "so grateful" for Michael (the man who saved her) and her team for showering her with love after such a frightening situation.

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Two friends & I, were ejected from our boat while white water rafting on the Nile River in Jinja, Uganda. Brenden & our other teammate were rescued immediately. I, however, was trapped under the bottom of the boat. I tried to hang onto the rope on the side but the rapids ripped it away. I couldn’t get out from under the boat. It went into a spin & I was spinning beneath it. I learned later that I was trapped in a whirlpool. I fought & fought & tried to swim out of it but the current kept pulling me down into deeper water. Being that I’m a diver, I was trying to conserve my breath but I was at the nearing the end of it & becoming lightheaded. The water kept pulling me down. I began thinking about my daughter. I didn’t want her to be heartbroken & I didn’t want her to have to come & get my body. I was at the last bit of my breath when I surrendered. Suddenly, the current and my life vest began to move me toward the top, but I didn’t know if I would make it. I could see the light above me but every time I got close the current dragged me down. I was spinning as I felt the wood prayer beads on my wrist being ripped away. And then suddenly I shot to the surface. I gasped for my first deep breath of air. Just as I took my first deep breath a wave hit me in the face & I took in mostly water. I tried to breathe again & I put my hands in the air hoping someone would see me. I was disoriented & the rapids were still whipping me around. Then I heard a voice yelling & I spotted a yellow helmet. Before I knew it one of our safety guides was by my side in his Kayak. He yelled for me to keep my eyes open & to grab his rope. I was trying but still struggling to breathe. He yelled again & by God’s grace I grabbed it. Our guide, Michael, then dragged me to the safety of our raft & my team quickly pulled me in. Tears of gratitude ran down my face. I’m so grateful for Michael who rescued me & for my team who surrounded me w/ love. I’m thankful to be alive & for the moment that I thought of my daughter b/c my love for her reminded me to surrender. I’m thankful that Oshun (Goddess of the water) choose to return me and kept my Mala beads as an offering instead.

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Although an accident like that one would lead most people to stay away from the rapids for a lifetime, the producer pointed out that she would do it again because she prefers dying doing something she likes.

Finally, Shannon Amos urged her followers to stop doing things that they don't love and to live their best lives.

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