Jennifer Uchendu

ORA Africa Fellow / Nigeria

Project: Beyond Solutions: From Rest to Resilience: The project targets to create an understanding of the right frameworks to build resilience in this era by researching the concepts of rest and resilience from indigenous African Practices. It aims to develop creative outputs that can serve as a toolkit for learning through a narrative exploration with other activists in the continent. Key terms of focus include burnout, eco-anxiety, and stress.

Jennifer Uchendu is the founder of SustyVibes, a youth-led and youth-focused organization driving sustainability advocacy and implementation in Africa.  Recently, her work has focused on climate change and mental health, where she is exploring safeguarding and support systems for Africans through research, advocacy, and community action. Jennifer has a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, UK, under the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. She is also an alumnus of the Cambridge Institute For Sustainability Leadership and the Lagos Business School. In 2017, Jennifer co-authored the e-book: “A Guide to Business Sustainability in Nigeria.”

It is an incredible honor to be validated and recognized as one of the inaugural ORA fellows. I am grateful and excited to begin this journey of exploring resilience and rest as tools for social change in the continent of Africa.”