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Anna Nyakana, 2020 "100 Women of Color" Award Honoree & Valedictorian - LIVE 

My Niyah Zuri journey started five years ago, with constant “No’s”, closed doors, and obstacles in my path. Through it all, I remained consistently persistent, for I vowed to never let that younger version of myself down. The younger version that couldn’t find a character on the cover that looked like them and attended a low-performing school on the “wrong side” of town that no one cared to invest in it’s students. 

It is my DEEPEST honor to receive the 2020 “100 Women of Color Award” as well as being selected as this year’s Valedictorian. I will continue the work of investing in our kids regardless of their zip code, to ignite that flame within them and remind them each day of their worth and value through “The Fundamental Truths of Niyah Zuri”©; to create books and digital content that instills self-love through representation and teaches them of their glorious history and those of rich cultures different than their own. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, WHEN ONE OF US WIN, WE ALL WIN! Thank you all for your support over the years - I promise to not let you down - SHOUTOUT TO THE TRIBE!!! 

Special S/O to my Brother, my DAY 1 since birth Enock Nyakana. To my Soul Sisters, Sophie Lee and Bianca Danielle, thank you for always having my insides and straightening my crown when needed. To my dear friend Julien Guiteau for taking five modes of transportation from PA to record this incredible moment as an exclusive behind the scenes for Chillin With Julien and the countless friends and Tribe members that reached out before, during, and after the awards ceremony to uplift and sincerely pour into me - THANK YOU ALL! 

Deepest gratitude JuneArcher, ELEVEN28 Entertainment, and 100 Women of Color for this incredible honor - time to get back to work!

WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES RECAP OF MY JOURNEY TO RECEIVE THE 100 WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD AND VALEDICTORIAN HONOR!

 

 

Anna Nyakana Visits Full Circle Youth Empowerment, Bridgeport CT 

I had the amazing opportunity to speak to the youth of Full Circle Youth Empowerment (F.C.Y.E.) in Bridgeport, CT this week. Despite their past traumas and setbacks, they have the potential to make a huge impact in the world and I had the honor of reminding them of just that! Thank you to Founder and Director of F.C.Y.E., Janine Reid, and Wilner Joseph for coordinating my visit. I look forward to partnering on additional programming to motivate our youth to trailblazer on their paths in their purpose! Let's continue the work!

ABOUT

Full Circle Youth Empowerment Inc. seeks to holistically empower, support, and encourage at-risk youth and foster care youth, in Fairfield County, to become self-sufficient and successfully transition into adulthood.  Our goal is to provide an array of programs, services, and supports for youth to strengthen their skill development and increase their well-being to achieve optimal success personally, socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. To DONATE and GET INVOLVED visit: https://www.fcyecenter.org

Anna Nyakana hosts Summer Writer's Workshop with KidsAct - Baltimore, MD 

 

 

 

“If you can THINK it, it can BE! The only difference between you THINKING something and it ACTUALLY happening is ACTION! So let’s take some action, TIME is of the ESSENCE!” Loved hosting my Writers Workshop with @kidsactmd this week! Continue to inspire these budding creatives to express themselves through the Arts! S/O to the dedicated CEO and my little Sis Tonya Elizabeth for her dedication to ensuring campers can continue their education in the Arts through a virtual setting!

ABOUT

Kids Are Creative Thinkers is a summer camp and after school program for young aspiring artists where they are free to creative expression. Founded in March of 2019, Tonya Mayo has found it vital to understand and collaborate with artists around the community and give our children open space to find their creative outlet. Since our virtual summer camp has come to an end, we do not want to leave our SCA's hanging so we are providing a virtual after school program! Join us virtually and take a look at what our program has to offer! TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT: www.kidsactmd.com

Anna Nyakana Featured Speaker at Glambitious "Meet the CEO" Virtual Event 

"The POSSIBILITIES of what you can do are NOT CONFINED!” Thank you Lillie Mae, Creator of the Glambitous Empowerment Brand, for featuring me as a speaker at the Glambitious “Meet the CEO” Virtual Summer 2020 event! I loved sharing my business practices and Niyah Zuri gems to motivate all women in the business!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL EVENT

Anna Nyakana Featured Speaker at GEMS Teen Summit 

JUNE 30, 2020 - SAN PABLO, CALIFORNIA --- HONORED to be a featured speaker at the THINK SUCCESS Virtual Teen Summit 6/30 at 11 AM PST! Presented by Gifts Empowered Manifest Success (G.E.M.S.) & FREE for all middle & high school students! Spend a couple of hours getting empowered with me & the other incredible guest speakers, live djs, prizes, & more! 

ABOUT G.E.M.S. 

Our mission is to enhance the life journey of youth grades (6-12) with enriching educational opportunities that empower and engage in positive expression through literary and healthy life-skills development.  Our vision is to EDUCATE * MOTIVATE * INSPIRE all GEMS participants and communities. For more details visit www.gems-edu.org