About Boma Brown

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'Boma' means 'blessing' in the Kalabari language of Southern Nigeria.  

On my dad's side, I am Ijaw - which is part of the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta has been destroyed by oil spills, but I am inspired by the resilience of the people in the face of oil extraction and neocolonialism. 

I am the first daughter of four children, and my mom's language, Igbo, the first daughter is called 'Ada'. Ada traditionally has many responsibilities in Igboland, in the immediate and extended family. I love the recognition and growing up, I understood my role as Ada to mean having a close bond with my mom and being an assistant mom :)

I have lived in Nigeria, Botswana, the United States, and Canada (since 2011). I graduated from the University of Victoria with an Economics degree. I had a phenomenal time as a student! While at UVic, I was actively involved with the Student Ambassadors (In 2011, I created the hugely successful puppy playtime that's still happening), and managed the African & Caribbean Students' Association, the Students of Colour Collective and the Food Bank respectively.

I currently work as the Director of Internal Affairs for the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG). I'm also the founder of the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC).  When I'm not working with either organization, I am managing my small local service business, my hair extensions business, or volunteering with my Rotary Club.

I am blessed to have so many loved ones that help me think and talk about things important to me: race, gender, entrepreneurship, Afrofeminism, reproductive justice, poverty, and immigration. And TV shows, pop culture, country music, fitness, yoga, and Westlife too. Thank you all so much.

Note: The *many* views shared here are mine and do not reflect those of VIPIRG or SNIWWOC.