I was born in the USA but raised as a child in Nigeria, West Africa. While I have fond memories of my childhood in Nigeria, I also believed that it was a crime to be born or raised as a girl in that society. Truthfully, boys had all the fun and superpowers while girls were and continue to be marginalized, their voices stifled and violent acts committed against their persons, including acts of sexual violence.
If I had any doubts about the marginalization of girls and women, my personal experience where I was assaulted, as a child, cemented the deal. I buried the trauma and later channeled that energy towards advocacy work and a career as a lawyer, journalist and, writer that permitted me to lend my voice to the voiceless and to unequivocally refuse to be silenced where my views or positions vary/varied from the majority. However, it was not until certain life events in my 20s triggered the traumatic experience forcing me to unwillingly deal with overwhelming fear, shame, guilt, stigma and the reality that excellence in my career goals/achievements had no bearing on my wounded soul. Through what became a decade-long journey of finding and healing self, I discovered that it was only in embracing the fear that I could fully step into my greatness and live my best life.
The MsUduak.com platform is to inspire you to boldly face your fears so you can live a fearless, powerful, passionate and authentic life. You are the only one that can own your own greatness. So step into it… start now.
Uduak Oduok is a speaker, attorney, journalist, author and recognized visionary and trailblazer.
As a speaker, Uduak has spoken at diverse organizations including SXSW, The Wharton School of Business, California Lawyers for the Arts, UC Hastings College of the Law, The International Academy of Design and Technology, WRBLSA, Woodbury University (Retail Camp), and The National Association of Women Business Owners. She is also a legal commentator who has provided legal insight and analysis on the intersection of pop culture and the law for media outlets such as Al Jazeera, New York’s 99.5FM WBAI and 107.5FM WBLS.
As a journalist, Uduak has interviewed some of the most prominent names in the world, and is one of the few journalists to interview the late and acclaimed British designer and couturier Alexander McQueen. In ’06 & ’07, she was the sole American journalist invited to cover an international fashion campaign organized by the United Nations World Food Programme in West Africa.
She has been quoted and has authored numerous published and syndicated articles in national and international magazines and newspapers, including Yahoo News!, USA Today and MSNBC.
For her work in the field of journalism, Uduak has earned numerous nominations and recognitions including as a 2014 nominee for the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme, a 2012 NEA Awards nominee for ‘Media Personality of the Year,’ a 2010 nominee of South Africa’s AFI Fashion Awards for her “Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Communications,” a listing as Applause Magazine’s 40 under 40 ‘African Changemakers,’ and a listing as one of Inno8tiv Magazine’s 50 Young Visionary Women to Watch in 2015.
Uduak is the founder of Ladybrille, an award-nominated pioneer digital magazine celebrating brilliant women entrepreneurs and leaders, and de-stigmatizing the image of Africans through fashion and entertainment.
As an attorney Uduak pioneered the first Fashion Law seminars in Northern California, and is a recognized name within the growing niche practice of Fashion Law in the USA. She is also the founder of the pioneering law blog ‘Africa Music Law,’ a blog and podcast show focused on educating Africa and the African diaspora creative industries on the legal issues affecting the entertainment industry.
She is the co-founder of EBITU LAW GROUP, P.C., a California, USA law firm providing legal services to businesses and individuals including those in the fashion and entertainment sector; and has been featured in leading legal publications in the USA, ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine.
She is a contributor to four books, including a recently published book by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers titled, ‘The Monetization of the Global Music Business – From Creators to Major Industry.’
2016 National Bar Association Award for Contributions to the Entertainment Industry
2014 Nominee for the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme
2012 NEA Awards nominee for ‘Media Personality of the Year’
2013 Applause Africa’s 40 under 40
2013 AWP Network Power List
2010 Nominee for South Africa’s AFI Fashion Awards ‘Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Communications’