Ijeoma Eke—Miss Akwa Ibom 2015
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Named in honor of her parents’ successful journey from Nigeria to America, Ijeoma Eke has embarked on an extraordinary journey of her own.
Born and raised in Highland, California (about an hour and half east of Los Angeles), Ijeoma left Southern California to obtain her B.A. in Political Economy with a specialization in globalization and a minor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, Ijeoma was involved in and held board positions in many organizations such as the National Council of Negro Women, the Nigerian Student Association, Organization of African Students, African Black Coalition, and UC Berkeley’s Mock Trial Team. She also had the opportunity to participate in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s Miss Black and Gold Scholarship pageant at the local and regional level where she was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2013.
After graduating from UC Berkeley in the spring of 2013, Ijeoma made the bold (some may say crazy) decision to leave sunny California and move across country to attend law school at New York University School of Law. She is currently a second year law student who has a passion for helping people. Ijeoma has interned at the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office and at Brooklyn Defender Services during her two short years in law school. This upcoming summer, Ijeoma will work as a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City in their litigation department. While in law school, Ijeoma has remained active. She is currently a member of NYU Law School’s Black Allied Law Student Association (BALSA) and served as their first year representative. She is also a member of NYU’s Mock trial team, a team that recently won the Georgetown University Law Center White Collar Mock Trial Competition.
When she is not attending classes, pretending to be a lawyer, or attending meetings, Ijeoma spends a lot of her time playing basketball. Ijeoma is a part of NYU Law’s Dean’s Cup Charity Basketball Team. This team plays in a local lawyer’s league but also plays one game a year against Columbia Law School. This game serves as one of NYU Law’s biggest fundraiser for those pursuing public interest careers.
Ijeoma is excited to be participating in the Miss Nigeria in America 2015 pageant. She believes that the MNIA organization provides outreach and mentorship that is extremely important. She is excited about the opportunity to take an active role in community outreach and become an ambassador for MNIA.