We aim to do this by sharing people's stories of their own journeys with mental health issues and awareness, dispelling myths through guest experts, providing resources for those struggling as well as their families/support
systems, providing a space for people to have seemingly tough conversations and ask questions in an area with no judgment, and ultimately encouraging those affected, in any way, to seek treatment.
"TalkNaija is building a community to humanize and destigmatize mental illness within the Nigerian community."
From a young age, Chinomso enjoyed telling and listening to stories. As he got older, he experienced the healing and therapeutic powers in being the author of his own story. He also experienced the feeling of being deprived of the opportunity to tell his story. Chinomso believes that it is empowering when we become the authors of our own stories.
Mujidat Tutu Shotonwa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NYC. Growing up, she was always intrigued by the mental health field and work dedicated to understanding human behavior. She has experience supporting children, adolescents and adults with concerns including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
Dr. Uchechi Ukuku has long been intrigued with finding a way to infuse the largely Western concept of counseling with traditional African methods of healing. Her journey with mental health awareness began with a declaration at the age of 13 that she would become a psychologist.
As a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she enjoys the oral history and sharing of stories but has noticed that people shy away from talking about their feelings. “Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know” has unfortunately been the norm.
Immaculata Ulu is a board-certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management across the lifespan. She also a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with expertise in the management of chronic and acute illness across the lifespan.
Dr. Njoku completed medical school at Rutgers- New Jersey medical school in NJ. She completed her general adult psychiatry residency training at Zucker Hillside Hospital; a member of the Northwell Health system. She went on to complete a subspecialty in forensic psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.