Adaku Utah

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Born1984 (age 38–39)
Lagos, Nigeria
Known forIntuitive healing, Social change

Adaku Utah (born 1984)[1] is a 6th generation Igbo traditional healer, speaker, writer, artist from Nigeria.[2] 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.[3] As a performance artist, she had worked with Decadancetheatre[4] and founded Soular bliss.[5] Refers to herself as a queer, Adaku lives in Brooklyn, New York[2] and cofounded Harriet's Apothecary, an alternative healing community,[6], a 2015 Create Change Fellow,[7] and ABOG Fellow for Socially Engaged Art.[8]

Early life and education

Adaku is of Igbo parentage, with father from Abia State, and mother from Imo State, both from southeastern Nigeria,[9] 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.[1] Adaku graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B. Sc. in Biotechnology and Psychology.[10]


  • 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[11] and in the United States.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barber, Lauren (2017-07-26). "Harriet's Squad: Black Women Using Ancient Healing Methods as Resistance". ELLE. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "HEALER". ADAKU UTAH. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  3. "TEACHER". ADAKU UTAH. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  4. Boynton, Andrew. "A Dance Like Keith Haring Come to Life". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  5. "AdakuUtah". The Gemini Series. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  6. "WHO WE ARE". HARRIET'S APOTHECARY. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  7. "Meet Adaku Utah". The Laundromat Project. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  8. "Adaku Utah". A Blade of Grass. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  9. "NYC 3.7.14 Nigerian Global Day of Action Speech, Nigerian LGBTQ Activist Adaku Utah | Nigeria | Hatred". Scribd. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  10. "Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship". Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  11. "Founder of SouLar Bliss, Adaku Utah, Takes on Sexual Health Issues in Nigeria, With Love". QWOC Media Wire. Retrieved 2020-09-08.

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