Enuma Okoro

Enuma Okoro

Enuma Okoro is a Nigerian-American author and speaker. Born in New York but raised in England, Cote, D'Ivoire and Nigeria, her interests include mystic and Catholic spirituality, Africa and the diaspora, and cultural identity and the creative arts. She holds degrees in psychology, communications and theology and is the former Director for the Center for Theological Writing at Duke University. She is a certified Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition, and has lived in Bolivia, France, Nigeria, the USA, and Italy. Her work focuses on how the intersection of culture, the arts and narrative shape individual and collective perceptions and identities. “Story is at the center of everything and the stories we buy into shape how we build our relationships.” Okoro has published four books, and her articles, essays and photography have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Aeon Magazine, The UK and US Guardian, CNN Africa, The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, The Huffington Post and other media outlets. In March 2018 she was publicly recognized as one of 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria featured in the Guardian Nigeria national newspaper. In 2012, she was the first woman of African descent to speak from the historic 200 year-old platform of The American Church in Paris, France, of which Martin Luther King Jr. was the first man of African descent to speak from the same platform in 1965. In 2014 Okoro delivered a TEDx talk in London focused on global perceptions of multicultural women, and the power of cultural narratives. With an international portfolio spanning Europe, Africa, The Americas and Australia, her speaking invitations have included the Harvard Business School, Princeton University, Oxford University, The Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture, The EurAfrican Forum of Portugal, The Atlantic Dialogues, and others. Okoro's first book, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert's Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010) was a winning finalist in the 2010 USA Best Books Award and received the 2011 National Indie Excellent Book Awards Winning Finalist in "Spirituality and African-American Non-Fiction." She is co-author with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of, Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals,(Zondervan, 2010). Okoro's poetry is featured in At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time compiled by Sarah Arthur (Paraclete Press, 2011) Okoro's third book, Silence, was released in fall 2012. Her last book, Talking Taboo was released in fall 2013. She is currently working on a novel. Visit her website https://www.enumaokoro.com/ Enuma's writing and work has been featured in: The New York Times The Atlantic Monthly The Guardian UK and Guardian US Aeon Journal Catapult Journal abc news Good Morning America online The Washington Post CNN NPR The Michael Eric Dyson Show The Huffington Post Christianity Today Sojourners Burnside Writer's Collective Weavings: Journal of the Spiritual Life and more.
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