Tony Ademiluyi is a freelance journalist, writer, editor and mental health advocate. His work have been published in leading African Magazines and Nigerian Newspapers including The Africa Report, Punch, Nation, Guardian, Vanguard, BusinessDay, Y Naija, Thisday, Daily Post and Sahara Reporters.
His initial dream was to be a human rights lawyer as he greatly admired the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN who was Nigeria’s number one human rights lawyer. However a mental health breakdown while studying Law at the University of Lagos put paid that ambition. While on hospitalization, he discovered his innate communication skills and decided to become a journalist and activist instead.
He dreams of an Africa devoid of mental health stigmatization. Largely inspired by Reverend Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi, he has decided to devote his entire life to the worthy cause of being the voice of the voiceless African mentally challenged.
Dr. Lulu aka the Momatrician is a Nigerian-born, retired pediatrician and mom of a non-binary young adult. She is an International speaker, bestselling author, freelance writer and suicide prevention activist.
A former Lt. Col and commander in the US Air Force, she currently works with parents of Queer and Out LGBTQ+ 🏳️🌈 kids.
She coaches them on their journey towards understanding, accepting and supporting their children.
She speaks publicly and writes on parenting, childhood trauma, LGBTQ+ acceptance and youth suicide prevention, and has been featured on local and international television including the nationally syndicated CBS morning news with Gayle King.
She is the bestselling author of How to Teach Your Children About Racism, and all her books (bestsellers) are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and any where good books are sold. Her most recent book is an anthology of immigrant women: The Warrior Women Project.
She has been featured multiple times on The Washington Post, Parents Magazine, BlackPast.org, Black Parenting magazine, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, KevinMD blog and numerous other online media outlets.
She can be reached at www.dr-lulu.com, @askdoctorlulu on Instagram and Facebook, Dr. Lulu on LinkedIn, @UchennaUmeh9 on Twitter and on TikTok @Dr. Lulu.
Chioma Nwosu is the founder of Olamma Cares Foundation; an NGO focused on creating awareness and providing support for mental health conditions. Through her NGO she has impacted over 8000 lives since its inception, through mental health outreaches and intervention programs.
Chioma, a certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor is the creative director for Flow With Chi. Where she teaches yoga, meditation and mindfulness to both kids and adults. She runs a weekly YouTube Yoga for Kids series.
She is a mental health, positive psychology and self-growth advocate, speaker, teacher and healer.
Chioma has also received training in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a trained ABA tutor.
A graduate of Petroleum Engineering from Covenant University, Nigeria, Chioma has taken a lifelong pledge to continue to serve people in her community and make a positive impact on humanity.
Chioma writes her weekly column on a national newspaper titled Mind Body and Soul and she is also TEDx Speaker. She also has her Live TV show on a national TV station titled Unbroken.
Her most recent achievement is the 2020 Future Awards Africa for Health and Wellness.
Ike Slimster was born and raised in Nigeria, moved to America in 2006 and currently based in New York. Visual artist and producer, “Ike slimster” an alias under which he uses to explore his fields of interest, from art, music, comedy to design. Ike slimster also co-owns the creative agency Vistoria Studios, which specializes in online video content production.
His art is bold, eccentric and random but culturally saturated, exuding pride in his background and unconventionally fusing artistic themes and styles.
His work seldom displays the anatomy of women, in very body positive and uninhibited paintings with subliminal messages cloaked by vibrant themes and colors, such as the rosescale series. Experimenting with facial structures, body parts, and alignments.
Though his art takes the forefront, Ike Slimster channels his creativity into comedy, instrumental productions, creative direction for online content, video and photography, he has worked as creative director and producer with companies such as western union, ebay, okayafrica and currently works as an editor and producer at a media journalism studio.
Okey K. Enyia is a native of Chicago, IL. and currently serves in the Division of Strategy, Policy, Planning, and Requirements at the Department of Health and Human Services – reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. He is also Founder & CEO of Enyia Strategies, LLC – a health policy consulting firm that provides advising, research support, policy analysis, project management, and legislative strategy for individuals and entities seeking measurable ways to influence policy on issues related to health equity, health disparities, social determinants of health and health in all policies.
As a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Policy Fellow (2014-2016), he worked for Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). During his time with Senator Murray on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee he played an instrumental role in signing into law the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Chicago State University. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
His new book “Indisputable: The Story of a Favored Son” can be found on Amazon and Kindle or on his website www.enyiastrategies.com. The book takes the reader on a journey of finding purpose by overcoming adversity. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, music, reading and giving back to his community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Erada is a proud Nigerian, born and raised in Lagos, but she moved to Michigan her sophomore year of high school and has fell in love with the city ever since. She has an undying commitment to community, people, and helping the youth. She loves performing poetry and has being doing so in the heart of Detroit for almost 3 years now.
In the fall of 2016 she had a mental breakdown steaming from years of repressed emotion from past sexual abuse. From the breakdown she got diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD. After a brief stent in a mental rehabilitation center she found her way back to life with the help of writing and poetry. She included in her healing process the preparation of a book she was would later call “lost girl” a collection of poems and short stories to explain some of the things she was feeling from the abuse she suffered. Lost Girl ; seven is available on Amazon for purchase.
She discovered her passion for helping and giving back when she took a year off college and volunteered with a non-profit called Enjoy Detroit. There she learned leadership skills and compassionate giving. She is passionate about expressing creativity, education and how helping the youth discover their creative side can help them live a prosperous life. She also loves dogs, reading, cooking and relaxing with friends and family.
My name is Chidiebere Nwachukwu, born in Lagos Nigeria from Imo State. Moved to the United States at the age of 9 in 1998 . Graduated from highschool in 2006, Undergrad in 2010 Bacholor of Science in Business Administration in Computer information system, Masters of Science in Computer information Systems ’18 Currently working in the IT Dept for the Kansas City Public schools. One of the founders of Discover Travel LLC, better known as our Flagship trip DiscoverGidi. I enjoy traveling, working out and hanging out with my friends.
Wasaba SoulQueenWu Sidibay is an Alumnae of Lincoln University. She graduated in 2015 with a BA degree in visual arts and then pursued a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary anticipating graduation on May 13th, 2019. Wasaba is a gifted artist, singer, entrepreneur and minister. She is the founder of I.A.H. Collective meaning I AM HERE Collective, which has a mission to affirm the humanity, experiences, and the significance of all of its participants by means necessary. This mission is achieved through workshops like Self Love Day, scholarships, community service and engagement projects and partnerships. Wasaba says that she believes in people and she believes in our human capacity to be and do the good we wish to see in this world today. With deep self-reflection, community support and the power of radical of love we can change the world one life at a time.
In her own words,
One of the best lessons that I have learned in this life is the power of making a choice. When I learned that I could choose life even when it felt like life wasn’t choosing me be back. I recognized a power in me that wasn’t defined by my circumstance but was a gift from the Most High God. That kind of love makes me fight harder for others and myself. I am worth it, all of us are!
Kelechi Ubozoh is a San Francisco Bay Area poet and mental health advocate. Kelechi frequents many Bay Area readings like Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, Birds of Paradise, Lyrics and Dirges, Get Lit, Passages on the Lake, Voz Sin Tinta, Nomadic Press, Liminal, and Bay Area Generations. Check out her live performance. She is featured in The SAMHSA Voice Award Winning documentary, The S Word, following the lives of suicide attempt survivors in an effort to eliminate stigma of mental health issues. Check out The S Word Movie Trailer. Her story is also featured in the Live Through This Project.
“If you are a Nigerian struggling with a mental health condition, remember that this is a “health condition” and just like you would take care of your heart, you should take care of your mind without judgement. Please know that you aren’t alone, and that you can get better.” -Kelechi Ubozoh