25 May WAAW Mentorship for College Fellows with Onyinye Edeh
WAAW College Fellows had the privilege to have a delightful session with Onyinye Edeh themed “Achieving balance in Life through Long Term Health and Wellness
Onyinye Edeh is a Nigerian-American Global Health professional and passionate advocate for adolescent and women’s health. She holds a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Washington-Seattle and Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA, USA), respectively. She also holds graduate-level certificates in the Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children and in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research.
She is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of Strong Enough Girls’ Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI) – a registered international non-profit organization that empowers adolescent girls and young women through education (formal & informal), mentorship and life skills development. Onyinye is an expert at networking and a motivational Public Speaker who believes in the power of mentorship.
She thoroughly enjoys inspiring young people to believe in their voices, dream big, and turn their dreams into reality! She currently works as an Associate on the Anglophone Africa team with the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC and is the Convener of the Evolve Mentorship Program (EMP) – a virtual and in-person mentorship and leadership platform for young African women.
She believes health and wellness mean nurturing the light that’s inside of us and when she thinks of health she thinks of something that’s clean. She went further to say that when we have good health we are able to be positive, we get angry less we get frustrated less, and that our emotions are dictated about how we feel about our body at a particular time.
She emphasized to the college fellows that just because some people are not infected with the coronavirus doesn’t mean they are healthy. She believes the lockdown has really impacted a lot of people’s health because a lot of people are anxious and worried most especially about the state of the world. She also mentioned that if someone says something hurtful we don’t need to be hurtful back to them that we should realize that we are all at different places emotionally.
Pertaining to how sexual health is impacting economic empowerment for African women, she thinks the inability of many women and young girls to control their sexual health has impacted their economic empowerment because when women and girls do not have access to contraceptives, they have unwanted pregnancies which lead to abortions (mostly unsafe) or having too many children than they can care for.