Ndidi Nkwopara is a Life Coach, Author and Entrepreneur. She was born in the
rustic city of Owerri but grew up in the Northern cities of Kano and Kaduna all
in Nigeria. She returned to Owerri for her secondary education at the Federal
Government Girls’ College and from there she went to the University of Jos
where she graduated with a B.A English.
A diagnosis and subsequent recovery of cancer inspired a new journey for her
into the world of Complementary Health Therapies working with oncology
patients, and eventually into the more encompassing Health and Wellbeing
Industry where her focus and passion is on promoting healthy lifestyles and
stress management techniques as a method of preventing stress-induced
diseases/health problems. She lives in West Yorkshire and has worked on the
Wise Up to Cancer project, a community health programme funded by the
Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Her first book, Retreat to Rebirth – My Story is about surviving cancer and
living by faith. She shares her life lessons to encourage women to recognise
their worth and maximise their potentials. Through the platform of Soaring with
Didi (a company founded by her, she provides life-coaching services for women
of African descent. Soaring with Didi creates an opportunity for an unmet need;
the need for African women to share their stories through talking, reading and
writing. Through action learning sessions, they will explore strategies for
overcoming and creating their own resilience/rebirth toolkits.
In her second non-fiction work- Poverty is a Woman, Her Daughters Look Like
Her- Ndidi Nkwopara, captures the travails of African women entrepreneurs as
the world progresses towards gender equality by closing the financial gap. She
also shares her journey as a female entrepreneur in African Shea Value Chain,
working with the rural women producers to process sheanuts into sheabutter.
From the farmgate, the sheabutter is transported to the cosmetic factory in the
urban city and finally to the retail shelves of shops and spas as finished
products like Ariella Sheabutter.
The book critically looks at the reasons why inpite of the local and international funds made available to financial and non- financial organisations for the purpose of empowering women, closing the
gender gap has been very slow and insignificant. It also prefers solutions.
Ndidi was one of the commissioned artists for My World, My City, My
Neighbourhood, a Leeds2023 project. She worked in collaboration with the
Leeds African Community Trust (LACT) to tell the stories of African migrants