Born in Nigeria, grew up in the US, and raised by the world, I, Omolayo Nkem Ojo, am a multifaceted Afropolitan wanderer. After living in several cities around the world, I currently call Southern Maryland home. I understand 3 languages and can fumble my way through 5.
I am passionate about intercultural communications, connecting people to resources that empower them, and creating a world where your circumstances don't determine your potential in life. To this effect, I not only work in strategic communications, but also work on projects that rethink migration and development, uplift Africa and her diaspora, and dismantle the patriarchy.
I share my tips on success, travel, and the Afropolitan lifestyle on my blog, Finding Nkem.
I was born at an unlikely intersection and raised at a cross roads. I've always been drawn by how disparate things come together to create something even more unique, magical and impactful. I've carried that sense of wonder and that drive to connect with me around the world.
I have a BA in International Studies - a multidisciplinary degree - from Elon University in North Carolina, where I also received minors in Strategic Communications, French and African and African American Studies. While at Elon, I completed a 2.5 years university funded thesis on Senegalese migration narratives, received scholarships, include a Boren Scholarship, to study abroad in Ghana and Senegal, co-founded the Elon African Society, and was involved in other organizations that expanded my understanding of the world.
After Elon, I lived in Paris as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and volunteered to help asylum seekers in France. Being in Europe for the first time, I took time to travel to various countries to better understand the multinational dynamics within them.
Soon after, I moved to Nigeria and worked in Lagos for several months before moving to Abuja to complete the National Youth Service Corps and served at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice. As a youth corper, I also became very involved with advocating for and contributing to Nigeria's role in reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed on by member UN states, focusing particularly on gender eqaulity and quality education.
Throughout my time at Elon, in France and then in Nigeria, I have been helping amazing organizations meet their communications goals: from my first communication internship at a children's museum in Dakar, Senegal, to handling media partnerships and social media campaigns for the Pan-African Weekend, to managing event marketing for the DC held Black Love Experience while living in Nigera, to doing community management for She Leads Africa and other digital marketing solutions for various clients around the world.
Through all my travels, discoveries and connections made around the world, I decided to start my blog: Finding Nkem. I wanted to share what I was learning with the world in hopes of not only inspiring others to fearlessly chase their dreams, but to also equip people with the right tools and knowledge to do so.
I embrace my multifaceted life. I celebrate my ability to bring people and concepts together. And now I use all my strengths, passions and experiences to tell engaging stories, build empowered communities and help others do the same.
At the core of everything I do, is a desire to create a more beautiful, more just and more loving world. Through intercultural communication, uplifting marginalized communities and advocating for oppressed groups, we can make this world a better place for all. I'm fighting for a world where the circumstances we are born into don't dictate our potential.
Are you with me?