Enuma Okoro is a Nigerian-American award-winning author, speaker and spiritual director. With a professional background in Communications, Psychology and Theology, and her uniquely diverse global and cultural experience, Enuma’s work embraces the dynamics of effective communication, the classic spiritual traditions, and the contemporary arts. She writes, speaks and consults 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
She is a widely sought-after speaker at colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, religious institutions, and conferences across the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia. She was most recently 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 preach at the historic American Church in Paris, France. (Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first man of African descent to preach there in October of 1965).
Her first book, the spiritual memoir Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books 2012), was a winning finalist of the 2010 USA Best Books Award and received the 2011 National Indie Excellent Book Awards Winning Finalist in “Spirituality and African-American Non-Fiction.” Enuma is also the author of Silence (UpperRoom 2012) and co-author with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, (Zondervan 2010).
Enuma’s fourth book, Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith (White Cloud Press 2013) is written with Erin Lane and a part of the I SPEAK FOR MYSELF series.
Her work has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, NPR, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Weavings Journal of the Spiritual Life, Sojourner’s Magazine, Burnside Writer’s Collective, Faith and Leadership, Christianity Today, Her.meneutics, Neue: The Magazine for Leaders Shaping the Future of the Church, The Christian Century, Red Letter Christians (Tony Campolo and friends) and more.