Who Am I?
I’m Brooklyn raised; Nigerian bred. Granddaughter of a Nigerian diplomat. And an overcomer of childhood abuse, depression, suicide, and PTSD.
After overcoming the mental health issues that almost made me flunk out of college, my goal is to develop a deeper, intimate community among people of the African diaspora who are emotionally intelligent and want to use their difficult circumstances as fuel to change the world. I believe our experiences can be a spark for generational revolution across Africa, changing antiquated mindsets and maximizing access to 21st Century tools.
I do this work through Karfi, a consulting and leadership development firm tackling the issue of untapped talent in Africa. I strongly believe that democratizing the entrepreneurial space is vital to Africa’s economic development. That means empowering anyone, regardless of their wealth or social/political status, with the confidence and opportunities needed to make an impact.
I attended Fordham University in New York City, where I earned a B.A. in English and Communications. Then I moved to London to complete a master’s degree in International Management (graduating magna cum laude) at SOAS, University of London, focusing on human capital development in the Middle East and North Africa. Read my master’s dissertation here. I recently gave a TEDx talk on the thesis of this dissertation, titled “How to Save the World on Less Than $1/Day”.
My work cuts across international relations (with the United Nations), education reform (as a teacher and administrator), and fundraising/development for charitable organizations.
I’m also VERY spiritual. I don’t take my faith or life’s journey for granted, and I’m not afraid to share my belief openly. I’ve seen too many miracles, had too many close calls, to not believe in and give thanks to a Higher Power. You can read more about this in my published book Several Times Lost, available on Amazon.