The PNP team is comprised of African professionals doing amazing work in various industries in the Philly area. When it comes to managing the daily operations of the organization, PNP is lucky to have two outstanding staff members working tirelessly to bring you excellent events, programs and professional development opportunities. Without further ado, meet our team.
Chioma Azi is a community advocate, Afropolitan and aspiring entrepreneur.
An attorney by profession, Chioma founded PNP out of a desire to meet other young and interesting African professionals and mix a little fun into the serious life of a burgeoning professional.
Chioma was inspired to create PNP after attending a Nigerian networking event in New York City with some girlfriends in the spring of 2011. Chioma and her girlfriends realized that there was no reason why Philadelphia couldn’t have a premier Nigerian networking group of its own. A little over a month later, PNP was born and had its first mixer event in Philadelphia on June 16th 2011.
Since that first event, Chioma has served as a brand ambassador for all things African in Philadelphia and is passionate about promoting and supporting African artists, thinkers, activists and movers & shakers in their quest to bring enjoyment and make a positive impact in society. Causes close to her heart include international development, human rights, and female empowerment.
Chioma is a proud Philadelphia native. Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love to a Ugandan mother and a Nigerian father, she also has two brothers. When she is not planning or promoting on behalf of PNP, Chioma is pursuing her other interests, including traveling, history, languages, watching sports and spending time with close friends.
Monale is a Communications professional with several years of experience working in the nonprofit and higher education industry. Mona as she is fondly called has used her communications training to facilitate administrative processes, coordinate all facets of an organizations communication efforts, and has also taught communications classes at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA.
Monale is responsible for all PNP’s communications activities, including building, maintaining and updating PNP’s website, as well as coordinating all aspect of our professional development program.
Monale’s interests include advocacy for women’s rights (domestic violence, rape and sexual assault), education access for all, human rights and development issues. Despite being born in Philadelphia, Monale is a self professed home grown Nigerian who is passionate about the country’s development and hopes to see Nigeria prosper once more.
Ebele is a Financial Analyst with over 5 years experience in the banking sector. Ebele’s professional journey began when she came to the States to get an undergraduate degree in Economics. She went on to get a graduate degree in Finance, and has worked in the field since 2010. She hopes to eventually run a corporation someday.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Ebele is very connected to her roots, and has consistently lent her voice to causes and advocacy efforts that focus on issues affecting Nigeria, and the African continent as a whole.
As the Director of Volunteer Events, Ebele ensures that PNP realizes its mandate to engage African professionals in volunteer efforts aimed at making meaningful contribution to the Philadelphia community.
When she isn’t working, Ebele is a social butterfly who enjoys hanging with friends, traveling, watching movies, listening to good music and trying out new foods. She is also active in her church, and has a passion for helping people.