About Us

Who we are

Quick Overview

After several trips to Africa I realized the necessity to address the growing rate of poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness my African sisters are subjected to on a daily basis. As a result of my involvement with several philanthropic organizations in the United States who address issues concerning challenges women face around the world, I decided to channel my energy towards tackling, as best as I can, the problems confronting the dispossessed African woman and child. Upon consultation with like-minded people, I invited equally determined California-based professional African women to join me in this cause: the empowerment of the African woman. In the Spring of 2013, Upward African Woman was born. One of the goals UAW has been tasked with is ensuring that these dispossessed African women acquire marketable skills through vocational training and education to enable them obtain sustainable employment or start a business on the road to relative economic independence. It is significant to note that since establishing UAW, I have come to depend on the loyalty and passion of the most amazing group of women and men who share the same level of hard work, sacrifice, and love for UAW’s mission and especially of the African woman. Together, and in a brief period of time, we have set up projects that are already providing direct benefit to African women and children in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

Upward African Woman is a California-based non-profit organization committed to establishing and supporting sustainable programs to tackle poverty, illiteracy, disease, and hopelessness in order to improve the general well being of the African woman and child.

We work very hard to provide opportunities for women and children in Africa. Become a long term sponsor by making monthly donations to help us achieve this goal.

Watching a womans life transform is a remarkable experience. You can witness this through our educational sponsorship program. Your donations will provide tuition, school supplies and business startup tools

Make a difference to the whole community, your donations will go towards projects like clean water, co-op farming and health aid.

Meet The Team

Monalisa Okojie
Founder and CEO of Nehita Inc

Monalisa Okojie, founder and CEO of Nehita Inc., an exquisite jewelry collection based in Los Angeles, California. A practicing attorney in her native home...

Aineakho Ojior
Secretary

Aineakho Ojior is a professional with over 15 years of experience in engineering and technology transformation in the telecommunication, information technology and energy

Deborah Hayter, Ph.D
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL COMMUNITY SERVICES

Deborah Hayter leads a purpose driven life. She grew up in the Chicago, Illinois during the civil rights movement. Her role models were her...

Mary Mungai
CO-TREASURER

My name is Mary Mungai. I was born in Kenya in the coastal city Mombasa. I currently reside in Los Angeles, California, where I...

Seye Tesfazgy

Seye Tesfazgy, a young lady of Eritrean descent, was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She moved to America to live with her...

Norma Dalke

Norma Dalke, originally from Seattle, Washington, grew up in a family with strong spiritual and work ethics. Her years of experience as a fundraiser...

Saba Saba

Saba Saba, Ugandan hip hop artist and cultural activist, has been performing since 1994. Performing as Krazy Native he began as a founding member...

Anehita Okojie
JUNIOR TEAM

Anehita Okojie is a ​h​igh school student. She loves to play soccer, write, read, and most importantly she loves to help others. Anehita joined...

Itzly Rosales
JUNIOR TEAM

My name is Itzly Rosales and I am currently in the 9th grade. I love to play soccer, volleyball, and helping people out when...