Meet Enuma

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Enuma Okoro is a Nigerian-American author, speaker, lecturer and creative consultant whose work covers a broad but intersecting range of Identity and Culture, Spirituality, Wellness and Human Development, Africa and the Diaspora, and the transforming Power of the Arts, Story and Narrative. Okoro explores how stories (told and believed,) are the central way of shaping human perspectives and behavior. Underlying her work is the belief that the Arts can be a powerful medium for telling new stories that shift perceptions and instigate change. Currently at work on a novel about identity and notions of home, 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, The Guardian Nigeria, and other media outlets.

In addition to writing and speaking, Okoro teaches seminars, leads developmental workshops and retreats, and coaches on the topics; The Role of the Arts in Shifting Cultural Perceptions and Fostering Understandings, Using the Power of Narrative for Transforming Communities and Relationships, Identity and (Dis)Belonging, Spirituality and Wellness, and Vocational Discernment and Holistic Development.

Okoro has been the recipient of creative 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.

During the fall of 2019 Okoro will be the Literary Guest-In-Residence at The BACASItaly Center for Culture, Arts and Science in Vallo di Diano, southern 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, she speaks and teaches globally at universities, organizations, corporate institutions, and conferences.

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.

Okoro 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.