Intern Spotlight: Nubwa Josiah

Nubwa Chama Josiah is the Racial Justice Intern at On Earth Peace. She was born in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, Nigeria where she grew up as an EYN church member. Nubwa worked with non-governmental organizations prior to furthering her studies in the United States. Part of her experiences include working with internally displaced people and promoting peace, social justice, and women's inclusion among other things. She is passionate about helping people and advocating for the rights of the oppressed in the global community. Currently, Nubwa is a first-year graduate student at Ohio University, pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development. She loves meeting new people, making an impact, listening to music, and singing.


Why did you apply to On Earth Peace? What drew you to the organization?

Being a member of the EYN church back in Nigeria built my desire to work with faith-based organizations where we share common goals and vision. OEP’s Mission, centered around justice and peace, aligned with my goals and aspirations. My upbringing in a community plagued by violence and war where a certain set of people are oppressed strongly influenced my aspiration to advocate for social justice and foster peaceful coexistence. I believe OEP provides the platform I need to develop skills and learn from experienced personnel about how to build a community where everyone is included, respected, and represented.

What are your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?

I love working with the Standing with People of Color  (SWPOC) Committee, especially in delivering the "7 Prompts" Facilitator’s training where the values we hold so dear at OEP are replicated in others through education and meaningful interactions with the Beloved Community, COB Districts, and churches. I have also cherished brainstorming with the SWPOC Committee on road maps and taking action to promote the inclusion of people of color in the church where they feel safe, accepted, and valued.

How has OEP affected your future aspirations?

OEP has provided me with a platform to learn, unlearn, and relearn project management skills which prepares me for my career. Working under the leadership of OEP teaches not only organizing skills but also leadership skills, team building, and the importance of collective efforts to achieve a particular goal. This inspires me a lot and I am glad to be an intern at OEP.

What would you like people to know about OEP and yourself?

OEP is a faith-based organization that stands with and for marginalized and vulnerable communities. They take action for justice and peace irrespective of the target audience. Anti-racism and anti-oppression are their watchwords. With OEP, I stand for peace and project the voice of the voiceless. I am an advocate of social justice and inclusion, especially to the marginalized populations in the communities I work with.

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