Dr. Ayo Sekai is CEO and Publisher of Universal Write Publications, LLC., (UWPBooks, 2004), Sekai leads with a mission of prioritizing the publications of academic titles, that demonstrates a commitment to African agency. Through African narratives, UWP Books share the legacy of of diasporic people by implementing cultural strategy and Afrocentricity.
Sekai, is on the board of A Woman's Wing, serving the DMV population, and is a founding board member of Friendly Law, linking its mission to her research in Linguistic Imperialism, which manifests many legal and political ramifications.
A Howard University, Ph.D. alum, Sekai is a Black Politics and International Relations specialist. As linguistic activist, she is keenly attuned to social justice corrupted by Dog Whistle Politics and Linguistic Imperialism, framed through the rhetoric of inequity in language, law, immigration, public policy, and education, as it relates to Black and Brown people in the United States.
Sekai is a member of many honor societies and organizations. She worked as Associate Publisher and Executive Editor in NY publishing houses, and Editor of one of NY premiere Hip Hop Magazine. Her film experience, fiction writing and poetry began in New York, where she also taught in the public school system as a English teacher. No stranger to "spitting", panel presentations, and keynote events, her eclectic laugh and bubbly personality can be heard on syndicated radio and her accolades includes journalistic and print media.
Media & Journalism
The New York Daily News Booking Matters Magazine AMAG Magazine SORMAG Magazine The Queens Tribune Flatbush Life Bay News, Canarsie Digest The University Reporter Sankofa Literary Journal The Indianapolis Recorder The Black Board Review Times NewTech Times Power Of The Word, Focus Magazine, and Five Borough Magazine (Editor and Chief).
Radio Show Appearances
WHUR 96.3 with Harold Fisher, WWWRL 1600AM with Dr. Jeff Gardere, Clinical Psychologist Nationally syndicated Radio Station107.5 WBLS with Radio Personality Ed Lover, Dr. Maxine Thompson show, WPSC 88.7FM with The Reading Circle
My trajectory from the Island of Jamaica as a teenager, to Brooklyn New York was not easy. Being in a single parent household, and the eldest of three sisters there was no time to be a kid. Through many struggles and trials, no creature comforts, isolated and alone in a strange country with no lifelines, I was rescued from the grip of homelessness in the city as I transitioned from high school to college. It’s never easy, but the ancestors provided guides, and mentors!
My first degree in English put my love affair with words since a child, on full display. My fiction writing began, the Harlem Book fairs, book clubs, BEA conferences, all propelled me into the literary world. As first generation, I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself, give back in more ways than I could imagine. My ability to dream and create was surpassed only by my desire to succeed. That passion landed me in coveted publishing positions, networking with talented authors and other publishing media professionals, which brought me to almost 20 years as publisher of UWPBooks.
There is always a story
And the moral is always find a village and never give up!