Meet Uduakobong Nkanga of National Congress of Black Women-Dallas, TX
I literally got to where I am today through confidence and God. I have been involved in law and politics since age 13 but it wasn’t until recently where I started to implement more time into my purpose and fulfill my calling. I use to always want full control over every single thing in my life. The day I realized God is in control was the day blessings continued to fall in my lap. I stopped questioning my purpose and started to let go and allow God to work his magic. I acknowledged my purpose is already here, I just have to go claim it. There is a bracelet I wear that I haven’t taken off my wrist since it was given to me 3 years ago and it says “STRENGTH Jeremiah 29:11” which reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” and that motto is what got me to where I am today, point blank period.
It has not been a smooth road but I don’t dwell on what someone should’ve/could’ve done for me, you have to keep it pushing at the toughest times. I just believe if you have never questioned your path then you aren’t dreaming big enough. And if I could leave a piece of advice to someone out there, if you can take away anything from this interview take this. Always remember to never place your mistakes on your head, the weight might crush you mentally, emotionally, or even physically. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as a platform to your ultimate goal.
What I essentially do is live my truth, which is using my voice to speak up for the injustice and act against the unjust. I specialize in civil rights and social justice, that is where I devote my time and energy. Community service is a big part of me as well, I just feel like our prime purpose of life is to give back, people will call it “corny” but I could careless.
The forming Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women-Dallas, TX is a not a company but a non-profit organization. Our CEO/President of the national chapter is Dr. EFaye Williams (Washington D.C), currently we are in the midst of creating a chapter for the city of Dallas. This will be the first chapter for the city and the second chapter to be done in the state of Texas. I am extremely proud of the response we’ve received thus far. So many young adults ready to step in and help create something great for the city. What we strive to do is increase the number of black women who participate in leadership positions in all areas of the community, and to engage black women in voter registration, political education, forums, seminars, etc. to express their concerns in the Dallas area. We also want to develop and advocate public policy positions, which advance the economic, social and political interests of black women, letting the young black women know their voice is power.
Success to me is leadership, and positive guidance. For example, if I go hiking and I make it to the top of the mountain and I do not inform the person that’s with me how I got to the top, would you really consider it a successful hike if I robbed someone else from the opportunity to experience what I am experiencing at the top? That’s how I look and define success. I have not been successful if I have not taught, guided, or brought someone to the top with me. If I win, we’re all winning. That is the mentality I’v always had, seeing and helping others prosper and do good in their field(s) is the key to it all. That is the domino effect of eternal success.