Uchechi Kalu, Tech Entrepreneur & Poet



You matter.  Your story matters.

I’m on a journey to put my story front and center as a way to help others find their voice. I help entrepreneurs and everyday visionaries tell powerful stories. I believe storytelling can be life-changing work. I do this via public speaking, web design, entrepreneurship and poetry.  

I also write about the connection between resilience and creativity.

I was born on the floor of my grandmother’s house in Ohafia, Abia State Nigeria. I was part of my mother’s dream to have a voice and to be shown that my voice matters. Growing up my mother brought home all kinds of books while she was studying for her master’s degree in education. She brought home books that opened up world. I read about education. I read about how children like me lived around the world. And then she showed me galaxies. She brought home Maya Angelou’s first book of poetry.

I remember how my body responded to the poem “Still I Rise.”

I remember something inside me broke open. I remember this realization: Language could be used to oppress and dismantle human beings, but it could also be used to affirm each other and dignify our histories and our stories.

On this journey, I’ve had many jobs: poet, UX designer, digital copywriter, technology CEO.     And through it all I’ve held on to the impact I want to have on others: to help others find (and use) their voice, and to remind them that their voice, life experiences and challenges matter.

Through all the difficulty, I’ve learned that I had to find a way to make something valuable out of my struggles.  Without value, we begin to believe that we don’t matter.

But in the end, I know this: your stories do not have to destroy you. they can actually be the fuel to help you help yourself and others.

 

 

 

Mini Bio:

An award nominated poet, entrepreneur and speaker with geographic connections from Nigeria to Mexico,  Uchechi Kalu has become a strong voice in the community of global African writers and entrepreneurs. Born in Abia State, Nigeria, she studied creative writing with the late poet June Jordan.  She is the author of Flowers Blooming Against A Bruised Grey Sky, which was hailed as “a masterful debut that read nothing like a first time offering.”  She has been featured on publications from Quien to Forbes, and in 2017, Kalu gave her first TEDx talk on the power of nuance,  

Short Bio:

An award nominated poet, web designer, technology entrepreneur and speaker with geographic connections from Nigeria to Mexico,  Uchechi Kalu has become a strong voice in the community of global African writers and entrepreneurs. Born in Abia State, Nigeria, she studied creative writing at University of California, Berkeley, where she became a protege of the late poet June Jordan.   She is the author of Flowers Blooming Against A Bruised Grey Sky, was hailed as “a masterful debut that read nothing like a first time offering.”  She has been featured on publications from Quien to Forbes, and in 2017, Kalu gave her first TEDx talk on the power of nuance and continues to speak at conferences and literary events. She is currently the CEO of  Linking Arts, a web design agency in New Orleans.  Her forthcoming book of poetry (Resembling The Sea) was praised by the late poet Sam Hamill as “increasing luminous as the word, the syllable, the vowel, rises into intense lyricism, revealing Uchechi Kalu’s passionate spirit and large-hearted enthusiasm for living and dreaming.”

 

 

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