Lawyer. Pop Culture Junkie. Writer. Nigerian. American. Bibliophile. Theology Nerd. Millennial. Gender Equality Believer…Figuring out what it means to be a woman & blogging about it!
My fire for women’s rights issues was lit sometime between the childhood weekends I spent cutting out girl power quotes from Spice Girls calendars; and the teenage years I spent observing the challenges my mother faced as a widow, and as a religious leader in Nigeria. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to deeply engage women’s rights and gender issues in professional and personal spaces.
Along the way, I've received some humbling honors. More recently, I was selected as a 2017 British Council Future Leader and a Sustainable Development Goals 2018 Goalkeeper by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I also launched The She Tank: a modern think-tank promoting gender equality and women’s rights through thought leadership.
More than anything, I am passionate about the way women see themselves, the way societies see women, and the issues that fall between these personal and political lines. I love to study the ways laws, policies, theology and popular culture influence perceptions on gender. And by studying popular culture, I really just mean: I keep up with the Kardashians, I am a shameless addict of The Real Housewives franchise, and I love Beyoncé. But, I digress...
I am constantly having conversations about what it means to be a woman today, with anyone who cares to listen. As a Nigerian-American-Christian-Professional-Millennial woman: I’ve found that there are no easy answers. How do I balance African traditions with American ideas? How much of what is put forth as biblical when it comes to women is actually cultural? And speaking of culture, how much of what worked for my mother’s generation works for mine? Through this blog, I share some of the questions I’ve pondered, some of the answers I’ve found, and some of the struggles I’ve faced on this journey of womanhood.
So here is my voice. I welcome yours, too.