Essay Contest Finalists

Our Semi-Finalists' Judges

Adrienne Coddett is a community activist/advocate and high school educator. Her organization, 3Dreads and a Baldhead/BeMoreCommUNITY (founded in 2000), provides opportunities for people in Black communities to transform their lives by maximizing their physical, mental, spiritual, and economic potential.
Adrienne is also well known in Ottawa as one of the five co-hosts of Black on Black, Ottawa's weekly connection to African and Caribbean communities, which broadcasts every Saturday morning 11am - noon on the University of Ottawa’s radio station, CHUO 89.1 FM.

“I am the me I wished I could be when I figured out the Me was in Me!” #BeMoreCommUNITY  

Brenda Okorogba is an award winning Productivity and Performance Coach, Nonprofit Strategic Project/Programs Consultant, Grant Writer, Student Success Advisor, Training & Development and Workshop Facilitator, with 6+ years experience in facilitating and supporting cross-functional activities required to achieve planned objectives.Currently, Brenda is the Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at Momentswithbren, an organization that democratizes access to quality education and philanthropy. She has helped students secure $4.6Million worth of scholarships, full tuition fee waivers and bursaries. She has also helped nonprofit organizations, SMEs and grassroots groups gain access to funding of $1.2million. Through this work, Brenda has developed strong project management, critical thinking, workshop facilitation and presentation skills. You can follow her updates on various opportunities and resources across various social media platforms @Momentswithbren (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn).
Candies Kotchapow is a Critical Race Theory researcher in the area of Precarious Work in the Black community. She holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Social work. Candies is the Founder and Executive Director of DYLOTT. 
Christina Sackeyfio is the owner of the consulting, training and coaching firm, Boldly Inclusive. An educator, strategist and engagement specialist, she uses DEI to address social issues affecting diverse communities.

Our Finalists:

Anjee Cannon - USA                         Thato Monare - Lesotho                 Melissa Penyai - Ghana
Sisco Cherono - Kenya                       Brilliant Bimhah - Zimbabwe          Tatania Campbell - USA
Melinda Tatenda - Ghana                   Abigail Kufigwa - Botswana          Boluwatife Ajayi USA
Money Mathibela - South Africa

Congratulations to the following Future Black Females who are now working on their essays for publication:

Money Mathibela - South Africa                              Tsitsi Karen Shava - South Africa

Andile Madonsela - South Africa                             Tanatswa Kadonzvo - Ireland

Abigail Kufigwa - Botswana                                   Juanita Chimbganda - Ireland                      Brilliant Bimhah - Zimbabwe                                   Melinda Tatenda - Ghana                          Aminah Aliu - USA                                                Christ-Love Felix - Haiti

Melissa Penyai - Ghana                                         Francisca Anna - Canada       

Anjee Cannon - USA                                             Rebekkah Moton - USA

Brynesha Griffen -Bey - USA                                    Mogorosi Motlatsi  - Botswana

Tatania Campbell - USA                                         Thato Monare - Lesotho

Olamide Afolabi - Nigeria                                      Fumana Mnisi - Swaziland

Peace Aboghene - Nigeria                                     De'Antonique Knowles - Bahamas

Oghgho Osemewgie - Nigeria                               Jackline Kisanga - Tanzania

Sisco Cherono - Kenya                                          Menia Chaphamtengo - Malawi

Sharon Osembo - Kenya                                        Barbara Drama - Zimbabwe

Tumai Sithole - Zimbabwe.                                     Chabota Hachandi - Zambia    

Boluwatife Ajayi USA


First Prize Winner gets $1000

Second Prize Winner gets $500

Third Prize Winner gets $200 

All essays that qualify for publication in the anthology edited by Dr. Tapo Chimbganda will also receive a $50 prize.

Emmanuela Alimlim is on a mission to support her community in Northern Kenya through Education and Entrepreneurship through her community-based organization. She is passionate about successful transition of rural African youth to post-secondary education to employment and/or entrepreneurship. In 2014, she was recognized by UNESCO as a rising leader. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto under the prestigious Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.


In addition to being a rising leader, Emmanuela is a seasoned speaker, having spoken in many conferences. She has also produced and directed a documentary titled ‘Invisible Despair,” that aims to break stigma of mental illness.

Our Finalists' Judge