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|Born||1984 (age 36–37)|
|Known for||Intuitive healing, Social change|
Adaku Utah (born 1984) is a 6th generation Igbo traditional healer, speaker, writer, artist from Nigeria. Her work focuses on gender, reproductive, race, youth and healing justice Civil rights movements|movements for social change. She has worked with organizations like the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Black Lives Matter, Black LGBTQI+ Migrant Project, The Movement for Black Lives, Yale University, Planned Parenthood, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice|Astraea Foundation, Black Women’s Blueprint, and the Audre Lorde Project. As a performance artist, she had worked with Decadancetheatre and founded Soular bliss. Refers to herself as a queer, Adaku lives in Brooklyn, New York and cofounded Harriet's Apothecary, an alternative healing community,, a 2015 Create Change Fellow, and ABOG Fellow for Socially Engaged Art.
Early life and education
Adaku is of Igbo parentage, with father from Abia State, and mother from Imo State, both from southeastern Nigeria, and grew up in Lagos State, South West (Nigeria)|southwestern Nigeria. A descendant of herbalists, and farmers who dealt in herbal treatments and ancient care, she was chronically ill as a child growing up and had to be treated with herbal medicine to better outcomes over orthodox medicines. Adaku graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B. Sc. in Biotechnology and Psychology.
- 2012 Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship of the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre
- 2012 Center for Whole Communities Whole Thinking Fellowship Award
- 2012 Featured Nominee for Girl Tank and MTV Voices 10,000 Names in 100 Days
- Chicago Foundation for Women’s Jessica Eve Patt Award
Views & Support
'out queer' and supports the LGBTQ and Queer nationalism and LGBTQI movements in Nigeria and in the United States.
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