060 | Seizing Your Own Power with Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr


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Chidiogo Blessing Akunyili-Parr’s name roughly translates as ‘God is gracious with blessings and my cup overflows’. It’s an appropriate name for a woman whose list of accomplishments is so impressive. She’s been voted one of the ‘100 Most Influential Young Africans,’ ‘100 Most Influential Nigerians,’ she’s been a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, and she speaks 7 languages!

As a writer and storyteller, Chidiogo has written a biography about her late mother, Professor Dora Akunyili, who was Nigeria’s first head of the country’s National Agency of Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC).

Her book entitled ‘I Am Because We Are: An African Mother's Fight for the Soul of a Nation’ is in memory of her mother’s legacy that encouraged millions of people even when faced with corruption and misogyny.

In 2017, Chidiogo founded an organization called She ROARs – Reimagining Our Africa Rising.

Her mission is to empower women across Africa to unleash their full potential and that of the continent. Her philosophy is based on the humanist African concept of Ubuntu – ‘I am because you are. You are because we are’.

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