Meet The Team
Elizabeth Acheampong, LMSW
I believe in creating a safe space for young women to open up and share their struggles with others. Doing so lets them know that they are not alone. I want to help ensure that girls everywhere, especially in Africa, have all the tools they need in order to become powerful, successful women and role models who pave way for younger generations to come. If I could give any advice to my younger self it would be, “Speak up for yourself and don’t be afraid to make your presence known.”
Mentorship is crucial for raising the next generation of successful women. Listening to the advice and experiences of those that came before us can help us learn from their mistakes. If I could give one piece of advice to my younger self, it would be, "Do not compare
yourself to others. Constant self-criticism and comparison will only breed insecurity. It is important to be comfortable and confident in our own journey and purpose so that we can appreciate our growth and be content."
I joined Iban Ifiok because I saw it as an avenue to help others, especially young women like me. The advice I would give to my younger self would be, "Be kind and don't give up on you. Most importantly be the best version of you because no one can be you better than you."
As a Nigerian immigrant, my parents have always stressed the importance of giving back to my community. Iban Ifiok is a platform for me to give back to a group individuals I can relate to, young women from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Having the ability to empower these girls is life changing. We are providing them with a support system that most of us lacked while growing up. The advice I would give to my younger self would be, "Walk by faith and not by sight."
Helen Udo, PhD, RN
Program Commmittee Chair
Iban Ifiok teaches girls about what it truly means to be a woman. We are in need of women who are willing to stand in the gap and improve our communities. Teaching our girls how to be role models, civil servants, and critical thinkers will ultimately benefit our society. The advice I would give to my younger self would be, “Take criticism and correction as a chance for self-evaluation and improvement. There is always room for growth.”
I enjoy engaging in voluntary services that touch the lives of others. I joined the Iban Ifiok team because I believe anybody can become someone great if given a conducive environment, information, and opportunities. Iban Ifiok is the perfect picture of this. I am motivated as a team member because Iban Ifiok is aimed at creating an adequate environment for teenage girls, cultivating leaders and providing opportunities for self-expression among young girls. It is also an opportunity to help my younger sisters to discover themselves and their worth.
Idorenyin Udosen, MSN, RN
I co-founded Iban Ifiok with my daughter because I believe in the importance of preparing young women for life. I made sure to teach my daughter that every woman has a gift and a purpose that must be cultivated. I hope to teach other girls this as well. My advice to my younger self would be, “Ask God to reveal your purpose in life, write down your dreams and aspirations and pray for God to direct your path to attaining your destiny.”
If it was not for the women in my life, I do not know who I would be today. I believe it is important for young women to feel supported and loved. Doing so will help them realize their full potential and ultimately utilize their gifts and talents to create opportunities for other young women and their communities at large. Sharing my life experiences and the experience of others can inspire and motivate young women. My advice to my younger self would be, "You are uniquely and wonderfully made. A true queen never dims her light for others."