SpeakHER50: Nnennaya Amuchie
Nnennaya Amuchie is a social justice attorney, diehard unapologetic Black Nigerian feminist, organizer with BYP100, and published author on police violence against Black women. She is also the author of “Ako na Uche.” Nnennaya believes in a world without police and prisons and a world where reproductive justice is actualized.
Hometown: Cerritos, CA
Three adjectives to describe yourself: Visionary, Compassionate, Committed
MN: Who has been the most influential person in your life that inspired you to begin the path that you’re on today?
MN: As a Black woman/Black femme, we are rarely allowed to take up space. What are the ways in which you find yourself purposefully doing just that?
NA: As a Black organizer and Black genderqueer person, I am most interested in building the collective power of our people to not only take up space, but transform spaces and build spaces that center the wants and desires of all our community members. However, because I have occupied many spaces as the “only one”, I have made a commitment to infusing Black radical feminist ideology and processes in any space I occupy. Whether that is rejecting respectability or tokenism, bringing more people into a space, or challenging power dynamics in a space; I have seen the power shifts I have been able to make.
MN: How have you had to work to deconstruct or break down any anti-Blackness that we’ve been taught to harbor?
MN: What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
NA: Explore yourself more deeply outside of what your communities, churches, schools, and society at large has presented you. Write stories about yourself and who you want to be. Focus more on building relationships with yourself and loved ones rather than falling into a cycle of competition and being the best. Love yourself and never stop using your imagination.
MN: What is your biggest dream for Black women/Black femmes everywhere?
NA: My biggest dream is one of freedom. Freedom of movement. Freedom to love. Freedom to form and build our families and communities. Free to create and imagine. Freedom over our bodies and our minds. These freedoms are only possible through a complete destruction of capitalism and racism and a fight for socialism and communism. I believe in a future of abundance where every single person’s needs and desires are met and where everyone has a strong sense of self and a community who support and takes care of them. I imagine freedom being full of love, joy, pleasure, and desire; free from violence and harm.