Obianuju (Uju for short) Ekeocha, is an internationally acclaimed speaker and pro-life strategist who is coming to Columbus October 27th through 29th as part of a Respect Life Month special presentation by Greater Columbus Right to Life, Patrick Madrid and the Lepanto Institute, the Catholic Foundation, and St. Gabriel Radio.
Her talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held at St. Patrick, Columbus, at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 27th; at St. Matthew, Gahanna, at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 28th; and at St. Michael, Worthington, at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 29th.
Uju is the founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and defense of the African values of the sanctity of life, beauty of marriage, blessings of motherhood and the dignity of family life. Culture of Life Africa answers the assaults on these values with African women’s voices, in unity with Christ and His Church and consistent with St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Uju has advised African bishops from different countries on women and life issues and co-authored three declarations with African bishops promoting the gospel of life in Africa. Although Uju has been a diligent advocate for life for many years, she has been widely praised in the United States in recent years after standing up against efforts to impose Western values contrary to the dignity of human life on the women and families of Africa. She is perhaps most widely known for her Open Letter to Melinda Gates, which is featured on the Pontifical Council for the Laity's website, and her response defending a culture of life at a symposium with representatives of the UN on maternal health in Africa.
Uju’s love of and respect for life stems not only from her African Culture and her Catholic faith, but also her training as a scientist. Uju is a specialist biomedical scientist in Hematology, working at a hospital in the United Kingdom. Prior her current position, she was a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. She holds a Master’s degree in biomedical science from the University of East London and a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Nigeria. Uju was born in southeast Nigeria, the youngest of six children, and has resided in the U.K. since 2006.
Additional information on Uju, Culture of Life Africa, and her public appearances, as well as bulletin announcements and fliers can be found at www.gcrtl.org/meet-uju.
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