Raised in Nigeria, armed with the legacy of a long line of freedom fighters, farmers and healers, Adaku harnesses her seasoned powers as a liberation educator, healer, organizer, and performance ritual artist as an act of love to her community. Alongside Harriet Tumban. she is the co-founder and co-director of Harriet’s Apothecary, an intergenerational healing collective led by Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, activists and ancestors. The Apothecary centers healing, wellness, and safety as a movement building strategy to deconstruct legacies of trauma and galvanize communities to shape generative transformation.
For over twelve years, her work has centered in movements for radical social change, with a focus on gender, reproductive, race, youth and healing justice. Adaku has taught, organized and performed both nationally and internationally with organizations like the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Yale University, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, Astraea Foundation, Black Women’s Blueprint, and the Audre Lorde Project.
Currently she is the Movement Building Leadership Manager with the National Network for Abortion Funds. Prior to that, in partnership with the Hetrick Martin Institute, she co-led the individual and organizational capacity development of thousands of teachers, city agency officials, social workers and organizers to cultivate safer and more inclusive spaces for LGBTQI folks. She also served as lead consultant with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, coordinating the first of its kind community-based participatory processes across all 5 boroughs to identify the most pressing issues related to sexual and reproductive health and justice in New York city, for the sake of shifting practices and policies at DOH, cultivating transformative campaigns, and co-creating a social and cultural shift where New Yorkers can embody sexual and reproductive justice with dignity and receive the knowledge, skills and resources to support fulfilling lives.
Currently, she is a teaching fellow with BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity), a national leadership training program designed to help rebuild Black social justice infrastructure in order to organize Black communities more effectively and re-center Black leadership in the U.S. social justice movement and recently joined the Generative Somatics teaching team.
She has been recognized as a 2017 Essence Magazine Woke 100 Change Maker and is a recent recipient of the 2017 Gye Nyame Empowerment Project My Sister's Keeper Award, the 2015 Blade of Grass Fellowship, the 2015 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship and the 2012 Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship with the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Adaku proudly serves on the board of Soul Fire Farm as a commitment to ending the racism and injustice in the food system. In her spare time, she loves nerding out about astrology, herbs, erotica, and sci-fi.