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.
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.