This week on the NDINI podcast, we interview trailblazing Multimedia Journalist, Feminist and SocEnt Lawyer – Ony Nwaohuocha.
Ony Nwaohuocha is a Nigerian-American woman whose family fled Africa during the Biafra War and settled in Bronx, New York. Her parents were her greatest role models, along with 4 very strong-willed sisters. They helped her become the well-rounded and grounded person she is today. She shares how her love for Africa and storytelling was fostered at home when her father would recall stories about Nigeria over dinner. It’s her father’s storytelling that led to her ever-growing fascination for Africa — its culture and its people.
Her first career had been in law as a SocEnt lawyer working with entrepreneurs and organizations. Ony believed that for-profit businesses had both the capability and the capacity to do good in their communities. She had been a consultant for the African Women’s Development Fund which allowed her to travel around Africa. This helped her learn and get better acquainted with the continent’s issues. She then focused her passion for social good by being an advocate for women’s rights addressing issues in reproductive health, sexual education, and domestic violence.
Of course, Ony doesn’t stop there! Wanting to be better equipped in her quest to show more diverse representations of Africa, she decided to take the leap and enroll in one of the leading journalism schools in the world, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. This allowed her to work with CNN and BBC tackling current events and later focusing on women affairs.
You might be wondering, “how does she juggle her careers and fight for women’s rights without burning herself out?” Well, Ony’s journey wasn’t all sunshine and butterflies. “I don’t look what I go through!” she jokingly shares. In fact, sometimes she appears unfazed and composed on the surface but frantic on the inside. The journalism scene in West Africa often proves to be a challenge due to its socio-cultural dynamics and infrastructural limitations. But this, of course, only makes her resolve to challenge issues that are taboo in Africa even greater.
Join us and learn more about our innovative African sister’s golden insight for those who want to pursue the same!
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
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