Enuma has a professional background in Communications, Psychology, Public Speaking, and Theology. In between consultancy projects she employs her uniquely diverse global and cultural experience to write and speak on numerous issues and topics based off of four key areas:
1. Identity and Belonging in a diverse world
2. Women and the transformative power of personal narratives
3. Professional and social communities and the importance of a collective and shared narrative
4. Spiritual formation, growth and holistic wellness.
Enuma understands that our life journeys are fraught with dips and turns through unlikely sanctuaries and challenging valleys. She works across countries and continents to communicate effective and transformative ways for engaging our life commitments, passions and responsibilities.
She is a widely sought-after speaker and communications consultant invited to colleges, universities, for-profit and non-profit organizations, for-profit institutions, and conferences across the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia. She has been listed as one of seven top Young Influencers of the next generation by Catalyst. In June, 2012 Okoro had the honor of being the first woman of African descent to speak at the historic American Church in Paris. (Martin Luther King Jr. was the first man of African descent to preach there in October 1965)
Born in New York City, Enuma Okoro is a Nigerian-American raised in four countries on three continents. Her academic background and training is in Communications, Psychology, Public Speaking, Theology and Counseling. She is a former Editor-in-Chief for SpotLight™ Quarterly Magazine, a certified Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition, and she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School of which she is the former Director for the Center for Theological Writing.
Her first book, The Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community, was recognized by USA Book News as a 2010 Best Books Award-Winning Finalist in “Religion-Christianity.”
In 2011, Reluctant Pilgrim received the 2011 National Indie Excellent Book Awards Winning Finalist in “Spirituality and African-American Non-Fiction”
Her second book is co-authored with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (December 2010): Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Zondervan Publishers.
Enuma released her third book, Silence, to much acclaim in September, 2012.
Enuma’s fourth book, Talking Taboo, was released in October, 2013.
Enuma’s poetry is featured in At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time compiled by Sarah Arthur (Paraclete Press, 2011)
In addition to publishing books and speaking, Enuma is a contributing writer to online magazines and print resources.
She has been a wellness contributor for Tonya Lee Lewis’ HealthyYouNow magazine for women.
Her work has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and NPR, in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian, AfroElle Magazine, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, The Huffington Post, Her.meneutics, and more.