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AWEC FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

​Dr. Uwa Onyioha-Osimiri, USA

Michele Maddox was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.   She has lived in Connecticut,   Ohio,   Tennessee,  Georgia, Istanbul, Turkey and Florence, Italy.  Her travels around the world have included much of Europe, Indonesia, South Asia, the Middle East and South Africa.  Her academic background includes a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, California,  an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Lipscomb University and coursework toward a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management. 
Ms. Maddox was recruited by Salomon Brothers, the number one institutional Investment banking firm in the world where she was a member of the Municipal Finance team.  She was the first African American woman to have been hired by one of the top five investment banking firms on Wall Street and represented Salomon Brothers in Washington, D.C. and at various professional events throughout the U.S. 

 She has served on over fourteen boards of directors including the Urban League,  The ProMusic Chamber Orchestra,  Ballet Met,  The Stamford Center for the Arts,  The United Way and Mending Hearts Residential Recovery for Women. Michele Maddox has been committed to serving marginalized groups including women and youth who are struggling with the ravages of human trafficking, domestic violence, re-integration after incarceration and addiction for many years.
As a Rule 31 Listed Mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court, she mediated conflicts in the General, Civil, and Juvenile Courts.   She was appointed to a team assembled to facilitate the negotiations of a complex international conflict in which new technology was applied in order to manage the participation of several groups of parties between two countries.  The success of the process inspired other related groups to employ the same cutting-edge technology for their conflict resolution objectives. 


Ms.  Maddox is a Certified Dream Builder Coach and a Life Mastery Consultant trained by the Life Mastery Institute.   She mentors women around the world who all share the same hopes and dreams for self-actualization, an opportunity to live with purpose and fulfillment as well as to create a legacy of contribution for the betterment of their children and their communities. She is the founder and president of Michele Maddox International which is dedicated to the mentorship of women who choose to claim their full potential as global citizens. Michele Maddox is also the founder and president of  The Maddox Jones Empowerment Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the memories of her mother, Dr. Marion A. Maddox, her father, Edward C. Maddox, Esq. and brother, Edward C. Maddox, Jr.  The Foundation provides scholarships for single women heads of households who aspire to graduate degrees, for survivors of human trafficking who aspire to higher education,  for students of broadcast journalism and for law students focused on civil and human rights.
She is the proud mother of Lauren Ashley, Paul Byron, and Allison Channing and is also the elated grandmother of Blair Victoria and Gregory Christian.  

HONORARY AWEC NATIONAL PATRON, NIGERIA

Nkechi Ikpeazu

Wife of the Executive Governor of Abia State. 



 Chief Mrs. Loveth  Juruchi A. Ojo. was born on 5/5/1964.She graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria where she studied education.
She is married with children. Over the years, she worked  with the State of Abia and did so as the education secretary for Abia State,
She also worked as a social welfare officer of teachers. She is presently the Head of Administration of a local government in Abia State.
She is also a women leader of PDP political party.

Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, the wife of Abia State Governor, has a  passion for the welfare of indigent women in Abia State. Mrs Ikpeazu presented keys of a furnished two-bedroom bungalows to two indigent widows in Ohuhu and Amuzukwu communities both in Umuahia North LGAs of Abia State. The two bungalows bring the number of houses built by Mrs Ikpeazu for indigent women across the state to 12. Mrs. Ikpeazu is dedicated to fulfilling the commitment towards assisting the less privileged and the needy through the provision of houses, good roads and free medical services that her  Vicar Hope Foundation, funds. The governor’s wife called on wealthy Nigerians to always channel their God-given resources to better the lives of the less privileged in the society and other useful ventures.

AWEC VICE-PRESIDENT

Adaora Lewis, USA


         FOUNDERS


Michelle Maddox

AWEC State Director for California

STATE DIRECTORS

Dr. Imani Ma'at is a Harvard Educated Acclaimed Author, Award-Winning Health Educator, and International Health and Wellness Keynote Speaker with 22 years of experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Health Scientist & Program Director.

Armed with the truth and an understanding of the urgent need for accurate information and skills to reduce health risks, Dr. Ma'at launched Healthy Haiku Productions (HHP), LLC.

 

She has created Health and Wellness Workshops based on her scientifically evaluated and award-winning curriculum that infuses the arts in health education. Healthy Haiku Workshops also grew out of the Creative experience of Co-Directing her Teen Theater Group (YES 4 Health, Inc.) and through working with Mentors, Youth and Women's organizations over the last 11 years. During workshops, participants learn about health issues and most importantly how to create a powerful life and environment that stimulates positive choices and healthy lives!


AWEC INTERNATIONAL PATRON, USA

Mabel A Higgs

Founder, Family Living Centers.

AWEC National Director, Nigeria

Mrs. Ojo Loveth Adimoha


AFRICAN WOMEN ECONOMIC CONSORTIUM

Empower a Woman and Empower a Nation

         INTERNATIONAL PATRON



AWEC State Director, Georgia.

Dr. Carol Enuenwosu-Aki.


Mabel Higgs has been involved in the care of persons with Intellectual Disabilities for most of her adult life. She has been a tireless advocate for the rights of those individuals as well as civil rights for all Americans. Born and raised in Falmouth,  Massachusetts,  Mrs. Higgs’ professional journey began in 1949, after graduating from Howard University in Washington D.C., where she was inspired by activists such as eventual U. S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Mrs. Higgs began her career at the U.S. Library of Congress, married her late former husband Dr. Roland Higgs and raised two sons. The Higgs’ family moved across the U.S. during the nineteen sixties and early seventies, living in Chicago IL., Los Angeles, CA., Minneapolis, MN., and in the Detroit MI. suburbs. In each community Mabel became involved in politics and community and religious activism, serving numerous volunteer organizations and committees as well as city oversight boards. In the early nineteen seventies, in the Detroit area, Mabel began to turn her focus more intensely on the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. She volunteered and worked for the local ARC and began a long friendship with a group home operator, who eventually became a partner for a time until in 1979, Mrs. Higgs absorbed that facility, founded and incorporated Family Living Center;  a non-profit company dedicated to the housing and care of persons with intellectual disabilities. Over the decades since, Mrs. Higgs has provided the company a strong steady hand and remarkable leadership in both lean and prosperous times.  Her legacy of giving, helping and caring for the clients and staff alike is immeasurable. Many staff members have benefitted from Mrs. Higgs' kindness, vision for them, counsel and generosity. Her reputation with funding agencies, the surrounding counties and the State of Michigan is superb and she has been recognized many times with awards for her support, care, leadership, and longevity within the field. She visited Nigeria with Dr. Osimiri and was inducted into an Age grade in Nkporo in Abia State where she is considered one of their community member.

Mrs. Higgs has retired from active day to day service to the company, but remains as an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors and continues to be a valuable consultant to the organization. Mrs. Higgs has long served the entire Oakland County community, not only as a provider, but as a volunteer for numerous organizations, activities, events and as a member of many Boards of Directors; including Michigan Assisted Living Association, The Fowler Center, and MALWC, to name just a few. Family Living Center expects that Mrs. Higgs will continue these good works on behalf of the company and herself long into the future. Mabel has traveled the world, raised her own sons and now takes great pride and joy in the accomplishments of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

NATIONAL DIRECTORS

Dr. Carol Adabishi Enuenwosu-Aki is a Nigerian born from Abbi in Ndokwa West Local\Government, Delta State of Nigeria. She attended Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ughelli(Delta State) and Idia College Benin-City (Edo State) for both Secondary and A Levels respectively. She studied at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and worked as a banker for years before relocating to the U.S.A. She holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Management as well as a Doctorate in Healthcare Management both from the University of Phoenix Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A. A Research Fellow at Ustawi Research Institute and a publisher of academic textbook“Nurses’ Perceptions Of Electronic Charting: A Qualitative Descriptive Case Study”, currently on Amazon.com.


She is married with three beautiful young adult children. A strong advocate for the education and empowerment of female born children which started from an early age of speaking to local mothers from her hometown of the need to allow their daughters the opportunity for an education instead of early child marriage. She was the Finical Secretary for the Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG), U.S.A from 2009-2012. Member of the Ndokwa Association and Isoko Associations of North America, Health information management and Systems Society (HIMSS), National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and Research Gate Corporation. She brings to this position, integrity, creativity, and knowledge. Her outgoing personality would assist the organization in welcoming more members into the organization.


NATIONAL PATRONS

AFRICAN WOMEN ECONOMIC CONSORTIUM

Empower A Woman And Empower A Nation

Peace Ezinne Nwangborogwu was born on June 16, 1969, in Abia State Nigeria. She is married with four children and also has a step-granddaughter. She received her leaving school certificate in 1983 and her West African leaving certificate in1994. Her Focus was political science and social studies. She received her diploma in 2001 in computer studies. Ezinne is the coordinator for Isialangwa Prayer Network, Treasurer for the Eziama Na Obuba Development Union, Treasurer for Abia State Cooperative Federation, and was the youth sponsor for the Eziam Nvosi Church.

 Presently, she is the President of the National Council for Women Societies Limited.  She's a Master Guide for the Adventist Youth Ministries Aba North Conference and is currently working as the Director for the Adventure Club of Southeast Adventist Youth Ministries.  She is a council member for the Old East Adventist Youth Ministries. She continues to work with the Nvosie Church as a youth leader also as a treasurer for the youth movement Farmers multi-purpose Cooperative Limited.

Her vision and philosophy are that one must live life positively, touch other beings so that the lives of much more are enhanced, protected and hopeful.

Adaora is a young Nigerian-American business entrepreneur, wife, mom to two beautiful boys (ages 3 and soon to be 4),  advocate for animal rights, Editor-in-Chief/Creative Director of Prysm Magazine, and health coach/advocate.


She has a BS in Business Management from CMU,  a BS in Fashion Retail Management/Minor in Advertising from Arts Institute of Pittsburgh.She is working toward a BS in Advertising.  She has walked runways in New York City, shared the stage with bands and industrial artists.She is a seasoned speaker at numerous raw vegan circles. 


She has traveled around the world for pleasure and business purposes: Nigeria, Ghana, California, Las Vegas, New York....to name a few places. She is featured in numerous international vegan magazines both as a featured Celebrity Chef and a contributing editor. Since 2014, she and her family call Atlanta, Georgia home.

National Patron USA

Interviewing

AWEC National Director, USA

Dr. Imani Ma'at



         

Dr. Uwa Osimiri is a Nigerian born international Motivational Speaker and the Founder and President of the African Women Economic Consortium (AWEC). She is an enstooled Chief of the village of Nkporo in Abia State Nigeria. She is one of Africa's Most Senior Spiritual Leaders.  She was featured in the Detroit News as One of Michigan’s Most Influential Women and has lectured at Wayne State University, Oakland University, Michigan State University, University of Phoenix, Emory University and countless secondary schools.  She is also an Advanced Certified Faculty in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Phoenix where she teaches graduate Business and Leadership Courses. She has earned numerous Awards for her work in business, and education. She received an educational citation (Friend of Education, Michigan), several Spirit of Detroit and Wayne County certificates of recognition. She was nominated for Faculty of the Year Award at the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified Senior Grant Writer and served on the Advisory Board for the Women Federation for World Peace. She was a member of the Emerging Minority Businesses Council of the State of Michigan and received a Certificate of Tribute from Governor Jennifer Granholm for her work with the Governor’s small business initiative.


Dr. Osimiri is known for her lively motivational speaking events with the Power Speaker and Company.  She has also had speaking engagements for the Chrysler Corporation. 

Dr. Osimiri has a Doctorate Degree in Natural Theology and has completed her Doctoral academic work in Clinical Psychology. She is married and has two adult daughters, an adult son, a son-in-law and two young grandsons.