When Akachi Azubuike moved to Houston from Nashville in 2003, what ended up being a move to further her education at the University of Houston became a stepping stone that led her down a pathway to discovering her true African identity.
For the last five years, Azubuike has been on an intentional journey to trace her genealogy and family lineage. As a Black woman in the diaspora, she wanted to stay connected to her roots while finding a community she can call her own.
Azubuike not only discovered that she was of Nigerian descent, but she learned her lineage traces back to Igboland, the indigenous homeland of the Igbo people, located in southeast Nigeria. As part of her efforts to embrace her heritage, she legally changed her name to Akachineke, which means “Hand of God.”
Akachi Azubuike (second from right) and the 2023 Umu Igbo Unite leadership team. Credit: Laura Onyeneho
One day, she decided to join the Houston chapter of a young professional organization called Umu Igbo Unite. The organization is dedicated to the preservation of the history and cultures of Igbo people. She joined the group in 2018, and is now the public relations officer of the chapter....