Your Name Is a Blessing to Stand On
“We didn’t know that where we came from, we named like praying.”
Every child comes from somewhere and is going somewhere. Within that waiting period, family members might even try to discern who is behind the child’s journey to the human world—who is the “Onye-uwa,” or the child’s spiritual patron.
Enuma is a Nigerian-American writer and speaker. Born in NYC and raised in four countries on three continents, her work centers on identity, culture, the power of narrative, and the fluidity of boundaries. In 2014, she delivered the TEDx talk, “How Cultural Collisions Crack Open New Sides of Our Own Stories.” In 2012, Enuma became the first woman of African descent to preach at the historic 200-year-old American Church in Paris (Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first man of African descent to preach there in October 1965). She is writing her first novel.
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