Enuma Okoro is a Nigerian-American author, speaker, lecturer and creative consultant whose work explores Identity and Culture, Africa and the Diaspora, Spirituality, and the transforming Power of Story and Narrative. Currently at work on her first novel, Okoro has published four books of nonfiction, and her articles and essays have been featured in The New York Times, CNN African Voices, AEON Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The UK and US Guardian, The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and other media outlets.
Enuma has been the recipient of writing fellowships at The Callaloo Creative Writing Program at Brown University, The Kimbilio Writing Residency in Taos, New Mexico and The Civitella Ranieri Foundation’s International Artists Residency Program in Umbria, Italy.
Her educational training and professional background is in Creative Writing, Psychology and Communication, Family Systems Therapy and Human Development, and Theology. She is a certified coach and spiritual director in the Jesuit-Ignatian tradition.
Born in New York city and raised in Cote D’Ivoire, England, North America and Nigeria, her work explores themes from cultural, psychological, spiritual and narrative landscapes, and how stories (told and believed) are the central way of shaping human perspectives and behavior. She speaks and teaches at universities, organizations, corporate institutions, and conferences across the world.
Her first book, Reluctant Pilgrim was recognized by USA Book News as a 2010 Best Books Award Winning Finalist for Religion, and received the 2011 Indie National Book Awards Winning Finalist in Spirituality and Non-Fiction.
In March 2018 she was recognized on the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria list and featured in The Guardian Nigerian national newspaper.
Enuma had the honor of being the first woman of African descent to speak from the historic 200 year-old platform of The American Church in Paris, France. Martin Luther King Jr. was the first man of African descent to speak from the same platform in 1965, after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
She has a TEDx talk on global perceptions of multicultural women, identity and the power of cultural narratives.
Her multiple speaking invitations have included the Harvard Business School, The Business for Africa and the World Forum in Egypt, The Policy Center for the New South’s Atlantic Dialogues Conference in Marrakech, The Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, Oxford University, Princeton University, The Bloomberg Media Conference and more.
Some of her recent talks include:
New York, USA - Living with Intention and Fostering Holistic Wellness
Paris, France – Reflecting on Culture and National Identities in a Rapidly Changing Global Landscape
Brisbane, Australia – How Notions of Home Shape Our Identities and Narratives
Accra, Ghana – Understanding How to Reframe the Global Narrative about Africa (Bloomberg Africa Media)
Marrakech, Morocco – African Diasporas and Africa Development (The Atlantic Dialogues)
London, England - How Cultural Collisions Crack Open New Sides of Our Own Stories.