From an early age, Chidera’s parents fostered in her a passion and appreciation for education which, to this day, have persisted like an undying flame. They encouraged her when she first discovered her love of reading. From the countless worlds bound between the covers of those stories, she was able to live vicariously through characters and to understand herself and the world with increasing clarity.
In high school, Chidera was highly involved in her community. She was a member of her high school’s Girl Up Chapter and an officer for Simply Serving, a community service club. Through community service, she learned to look beneath the surface of a problem in order to understand the real causes, and thus, the real solutions of societal issues. She also played alto saxophone during middle and high school and participated in marching band for three years. She was appointed head drum major during her final year, and in this position her love for music and for service to others were reinforced even more strongly. To Chidera, learning and service are similar to trying on new lenses with which to view the world. With each new story or piece of knowledge gained, she is able to see the world in a different way. Her commitment to curiosity led her to various academic honors including the State of Georgia Certificate of Merit, being recognized as the 2015 Henry County STAR Student, as a College Board AP Scholar with Distinction, and also as a National Achievement Scholarship Finalist.
Chidera graduated from Yale College with a joint B.A. in Economics and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, in May 2019. During her time at Yale, she was heavily involved with musical organizations such as Shades of Yale, an a cappella group that sings music of the Black diaspora, while maintaining several campus jobs. She volunteered with Matriculate, a free virtual college advising service for high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds, during the school year and also interned with the organization for a summer. After beginning study of the French language in her first semester at Yale, she completed a summer of intensive language study in Paris after her first year and attended university in Paris during the spring of her junior year. In her senior year, she served as a First Year Counselor to students in Jonathan Edwards Residential College.
Chidera now works as a Business Services Trainee at Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm. She plans to pursue further education and a career in international law, business, and/or development.