Born and raised on the westside of Detroit, Ekanem N. Obong is a first-generation U.S.-born Nigerian. Ekanem Obong's natural ability to be personable and relatable is her greatest strength. The ability to mediate, her second greatest strength, comes from a decade of working in education directly with students, parents, teachers, and administration. She is grounded in her mission to create safe, self-sustaining Black cooperative communities across the globe. She hopes to one day establish a community land trust in the neighborhood she was born and raised for Africans and African descendant individuals and families who need affordable transitional or permanent housing.
As the Chief Community Coordinator for the Global African Business Association (GABA), Ekanem primarily works to bridge the gap between the African continent and the Diaspora through community engagement and development. Part of her core responsibility is to ensure that stakeholders understand their business and economic positions, and that local urban communities understand the power of immigration and refugee development. Using her role as the Community Development Associate, etc. for the Inkster Economic Growth Corporation, Ekanem is developing a more confident message and strategy to get the city of Inkster residents involved with the unique renaissance of Inkster. Ekanem believes that Inkster will be a global model for strategic Sub-Saharan African trade investment that will support the revitalization of distressed and forgotten American Black cities.
Ekanem is proud to be an active member of the fellow associations/organizations: GABA; Nigerian-American Public Affairs Committee (NAPAC USA); New American Leaders Alumni; LetsDoSomething Detroit; Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, USA; Efik National Association, USA; and The African Youth & Young Adults (AYAYA) Association. In addition to service to her communities, Ekanem enjoys babysitting and traveling. She has plans on visiting all 50 states by the age of 35. So far, she has visited fifteen (15) states including Washington, D.C. Her favorite color is purple because it symbolizes royalty. On an average day, she is clothed in earth tone colors. You can catch her on the scene dancing to some of her favorite timeless tunes on the weekends.