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Meet Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada - Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Eman­ci­pa­tion Sup­port Com­mit­tee

Trinidad Guardian

She al­ways want­ed a ca­reer in teach­ing and at the age of 18 after leaving high school, was ap­point­ed a teacher at Bel­mont Girls’ RC School fol­lowed by St Rose’s Girls’ In­ter­me­di­ate School. At the age of 19 she was married and had her first son four months af­ter her 20th birth­day. Za­kiya went on to learn to play the steel­pan with Trinidad All Stars Steel Or­ches­tra in 1974 and even­tu­al­ly was elect­ed to the Band’s Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee in the po­si­tion as Sec­re­tary. It was in the ear­ly eight­ies that she stopped teach­ing and opt­ed to open a Health Food Store on Hen­ry Street. The ven­ture she con­tin­ued while al­so liv­ing in An­tigua for a few years and teach­ing at a pri­vate school there. Her re­turn to the shores of Trinidad and To­ba­go in 1987, by which time she had three chil­dren, was the point where she be­gan a fab­ric de­sign busi­ness to provide top de­sign­ers and fab­ric stores hand-dyed fab­ric. Af­ter sev­en years in the business she worked as the prin­ci­pal of Abi­adama, a pri­vate pri­ma­ry/sec­ondary school, and then as Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor of the Caribbean Network for Rur­al De­vel­op­ment.

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