|Name||Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha|
|Address||303 W. Lea Blvd |
Wilmington, Delaware , United States
Jul 10, 2018 01:22pm
|Info||Nnamdi is a Nigerian (Igbo) name which means = My father is within me. Never has a name fitted an individual so well. It is clear through his faith that Our Heavenly Father guides him in his service. Nnamdi's father the late William “Hicks” Anderson was a well-known and respected community advocate. The City of Wilmington renamed the West Center City Community Center to the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in his honor. |
Nnamdi has a strong desire to continue his father’s legacy by linking it to his own 25 years of committed service to the community (he began working in the community at age 13, as a camp counselor at the Walnut St. YMCA) and his vision for a United First District that works together to improve the lives of all city residents.
Tutors, mentors, big brothers, community activist, leaders, scholars, summa cum laude grads, allies, soldiers, father-figures, artist, teachers, camp directors, counselors, historians, master social workers, brothers, friends, fathers, sons, - all of theses titles can be summed to one: The Twin Poets Truly their work reflects their lives. Not many who have witnessed a performance or have read a poem by the Twin Poets (Al & Nnamdi) would deny that they have seen or felt the power. Their compassion and commitment for their work and words is deeply rooted in their efforts to empower our children and communities. For the past decade and a half these two First District based wordsmiths have been warriors on the frontline for our community. Placing the needs of the community before their own, founders of GOALS - Getting Organized Always Leads to Success- a tutoring and mentoring program run out of their home in North Wilmington. They teach children about the importance of self-expression and learning to write down their thoughts to help themselves and others who have the same struggles and challenges.
Inspired at an early age to write and express themselves through verse, Al & Nnamdi have become two of the most recognizable and respected poets on the modern poetry scene. Performances with such poetic legends as The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Lamont Steptoe, Maya Angelou, Walter Mosley, Michael Eric Dyson and Haki Madhubuti have paved the way to repeated captivating performances at NY’s Nuyorican Poets Café, Apollo Theater, PA’s Painted Bride, DE’s Grand Opera House, and Russell Simmons presents HBO Def Poetry. (www.TWINPOETS.com)
New Leader, New Ideas, A United Community
New Leader- Nnamdi is a very well known and respected leader within the community. In the artistic community The Twin Poets are the epitome of spoken word artist, their words supported by their work in the community truly validates their roles as leaders nationally in the spoken word arena. In the non-profit community Nnamdi is again a well-respected, vastly experienced leader. Nnamdi’s leadership and service on many, city and statewide, Boards and Commissions is deeply rooted in his direct service involvement in the community. These boards include the Wilmington HOPE Commission created by Mayor James Baker in May 2005, to develop planning and community mobilization strategies to address the underlining causes of the increasing number of shootings and violence in the city. Nnamdi was instrumental in many of the HOPE Commission’s most successful undertakings including initiating the HOPE Commission Summer Youth Employment Program, The Citywide -HOPE Safe Havens and the establishment of the HOPE Outreach Worker Network of which Nnamdi Co-Chairs the sub-committee; Nnamdi serves on the Early Childhood Education Council established by Governor Ruth Ann Minner. There are seventeen members of the Council that are appointed by the Interagency Resource Management Committee (IRMC). Nnamdi has fought diligently to promote early childcare issues including Purchase of Care increases and provider-friendly regulations.