Ayanda Bambiso

Barry Hilton

What is God?

A very misunderstood entity. Human beings take their own meaning of god and use or abuse the concept of god for their own means. God is in all of us, and a leaning post for many.

What happens when you die?

It goes dark, I think? Prove me wrong! I don’t really believe in the concept of heaven and hell – those are man-made ideas but there must be an afterlife. We are part of this massive universe and existence. Whatever your beliefs are, if you have lived a good morally correct life, say a B+ for effort, and you are trying your best, then how can you go to Hell? If God is all forgiving, how can he expect you to burn in hell?

What would you do with your last 24 hours on this earth?

I would spend it with my wife, and my 6 children, at home, having a braai, just chilling. I would not be frightened.

Describe what you do?

What I am supposed to be doing – being Barry Hilton – I have been blessed with the honour and ability to make people laugh.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?


What is success?

I used to think it was the amount of loot you made, but I now quote the Beatles “The love you take, is equal to the love you make”- that’s success.

What does money mean to you?

Tax, and less for the poor. That’s all.

What is your current state of mind?

Emotionally sad about the way the world is.

Describe yourself in 4 words?

Funny, friendly, sharing and caring.

How do you think others describe you?

Fat, funny, Attention Deficit, next question?

What do you do with a spare fifteen minutes:

I would fish.

What are you afraid of?

Rejection, but I keep moving through it.

Describe your life in one word:


List one skill you don’t have, but would love?

The ability to spell.

What is a surprising fact about you?

My first name. And no, I won't tell you!!

Give me one great lesson you have learnt and who gave it to you?

True love, and my wife, Sandy, gave that to me.

If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

Why do you allow pain and suffering?

What do you think about most?


How would you like to be remembered?

As “My cousin”

Your greatest wish?

Human understanding.

Any regrets?

When Sandy gave birth to our first child together, he came out screaming. The minute he was put down on Sandy’s naked chest, he latched onto her breast, and immediately found his place in this world. My deep regret is that I missed that and other moments like that, with my other five children.

What moves you emotionally?


What do you think about the most?

The extended Hilton family. And their welfare.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your career?

If you don’t completely envy the talent of the top guys, and you are not prepared to sacrifice all to reach that level, don’t even bother.

Advice to a broken-hearted 18-year old?

Shit happens. Think about the 18-year old, who has just had his physical heart ripped out of his body.

Are you living your life’s purpose?

Absolutely. This is what I was meant to be doing and being.

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