Our Story

Nkemakonam Ejoh's expertise is in development, capacity building and managing relationships to the goal of strategic institutional advancement. 

Over the past 13 years Nkem has worked on development projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nigeria, with plans to do more. She is interested in disrupting the political marginalization of communities particularly African’s in America, African’s in Africa, and the the many spaces they hold throughout the world. As a native Nigerian from Asaba, Delta State, Nkem speaks Igbo.

Nkem earned a MPA from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. As a Graduate Colin Powell - New York Life Fellow she specialized in Non-Profit Management and International Development Policy. 

The launch of Arfaib and a dream

 

What is Cultural Disability? 

Cultural Disability is term coined by Michael Nweasi, author of the novel the Tragedy of Adata. Adata experiences a wealth of misfortune, as she navigates the balance of her identity within a traditional cultural setting. All of her experience can be attributed Cultural Disability.  In this video explains the various manners in which one can experience Cultural Disability and gives some personal examples. 

Cultural Disability: is a symptom of misplaced identity due to impeding external factors, causing marginalization of a group and systematic emotional abuse which results in the rejection and the abandonment of a cultural identity. 

How we ask a question determines the frame of the solution and answer.

How do we define ourselves, without romanticizing the origin but being fully aware of what has contributed to the current circumstance? Are we mindful of how these things influence an identity and therefor build and bind us to a culture?

The resolve is understanding that we are one, and in control of who we include in our community identity. The answer is in educating ourselves and each other, understanding the separation of identity is a symptom of Cultural Disability. When we exclude members based on a mis-appopriation of identity we perpetuate the problem. 

The night ended with poetic words of wisdom: "To spread your wings, first you must leave your footprints" ... "Love is common curtsey something you give without t a service fee" - Master Poet Missiah