About 2018-08-10T16:53:15-05:00

Our Leadership

Linda A. Anukwuem
Linda A. AnukwuemExecutive Director
Linda A. Anukwuem currently serves as the Chair for the Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council for Africa (MITDC-Africa) and actively participates and leads the Arts, Culture and Community Relations Committee. MITDC-Africa expands the constructive dialogue between Houston’s International business community and the City government, and to jointly identify opportunities to promote the city of Houston globally- economically, educationally and tourism.

Linda has facilitated B2B networks that support the continued development of Africa.She has chaired numerous projects and events in the Houston African and international communities both locally and abroad. Linda is founder and co-director of WeLead, an organization developed to empower the youth for future leadership. As a community advocate for the African community, she has also become a spokesperson for the young generation in Nigeria. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Houston.

Jane Udoewa
Jane UdoewaBoard of Director
Jane Udoewa is currently an application analyst at Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems. In this position she programs, develops and customizes their Electronic Medical Records system, while providing support for over 1000 doctors, nurses and hospital personnel. Jane is a community advocate for youth empowerment and the co-founder of Imanuel Way, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to develop character in America’s at risk youth through sports, health , education and community service.

Ms. Udoewa is currently a member of the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council- Africa. She also is the planning chair for the National Association of Health Service Executive’s annual children health event Let’s Move and is a graduate of the Houston Black Leadership Institute sponsored by The Greater Houston Black Chamber. She previously served as the Vice President for Young African Professional of Houston (AfriPro-Houston.) Jane received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, graduating as the 3rd African American female in Computer Science. Her love for technology enabled her to be awarded a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Houston-Victoria and became a member of Gamma Beta Phi.

Hon. (Dr.) Rufus Omeire
Hon. (Dr.) Rufus Omeire Board of Director
Rufus Omeire was born in Nigeria to a humble beginning and migrated to United States at a very young age. He Studied biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(UNC) and graduated with Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology in 1995 and attended medical school. After medical school, Rufus decided to return back to Nigeria to represent his community and contest for the Federal House of Representative. He was in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011 for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has also been given the chieftaincy title of Ikemba (the strength of the town or the federal constituency in this case) by his community in Nigeria. As a House of Representative, he focused mainly on Poverty Alleviation and Health Issues. Following his term as a Representative, be became the Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives on Governmental affairs from 2011 to 2015.

Currently, he is a Senior Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on governmental affairs for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Rufus has a special in interest in helping the less privilege and poverty alleviation. He enjoys traveling and exploring new places, meeting people, debating and sports.

Tina Amadi
Tina Amadi Board of Director
Tina Amadi is an inspirational author, advocate and media personality. She is the founder of The Hannah’s House International Inc.- a restoration and advocacy center for women, children and family facing challenges.

Tina received her degree in business administration with majors in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston. Currently, Tina is working on an upcoming online inspire series project called Soul Purpose Awakening SPA TV interviewing inspiring leaders, change agents and documentaries on purpose and mental wellness. She enjoys going on international mission trips, advocating for women and working with leaders on their branding strategy.

Nez Shingenge
Nez ShingengeBoard of Director
Nez Shingenge, a native from the majestic Namibia | South Africa regions, is an avid world traveler and graduate from Wayne State university and University of South Africa (BA BusPsych). After graduation, Nez launched her career in Houston where she managed a trio of outdoor and social activity clubs for successful professionals. After years of hard work, this eventually led to a partnership and proprietary
Nez developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector and has worked in nonprofit communities in Detroit MI, Washington DC, Houston TX, Mexico City MX, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ghana. When she is not planning events and social activities, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and playing tennis.
Founder - Ndileka Mandela
Founder - Ndileka MandelaWeLead Partner (South Africa)
“Thembekile Mandela Foundation” is based in South Africa. The key objective of the TMF is to continue the legacy of Nelson Mandela by promoting innovative learning and teaching in the Nelson Mandela Foundation schools. In addition, the TMF seeks to create awareness and raise funds to equip libraries, science laboratories and computer laboratories in the NMF schools. Ndileka works full time at the foundation to raise funds and run programs espoused by the foundation.

In 2011, after Nelson Mandela, was discharged from the hospital, Ndileka Mandela, grand-daughter of the Nelson Mandela, dedicated herself to spending time with him. Due to her experience in the medical filed, she became the interphase between the medical team and the family. In July 2012, after her grandfather’s birthday, July 18th, she visited his alma mater, Clarkebury High School. Ndileka Mandela found the school in a state of disrepair, she immediately adopted the school as her project. This project became the seed for the birth of the “Thembekile Mandela Foundation”. For more information about the foundation and how you can support the legacy of Nelson Mandela, please visit www.tmandelafoundation.org.

Our Passion

We have a creative lineup of our programs that are moving within communities and we want you to get involved. Remember, we want to work together to improve our communities and support youth empowerment.

O1JCRG7JUZ (1)THE WE LEAD ROCKS MUSIC FUSION is designed to express the movement and the empowering message through music and arts. A music connection will be memorable and innovative on many levels to our young audience. The We Lead message will be heard and entertaining simultaneously during the presentation. Our message will leave our young audience with the idea and hope of becoming leaders on a global scale. This event will be highly orchestrated to present a world-class music rally for the next generation to be a part of a movement that will shape minds and empower a community

The Nigeria Cultural Parade held in Downtown Houston led by Culturally Naija and WeLead celebrates Nigerian’s independence. It serves to promote, and advance the Cultural, Civic, Social, and Economic welfare of Nigerians. The parade creates an atmosphere of cultural awareness and promote tourism to Houston and Nigeria.

Click on the image to learn more information about the event.

The Pan African Women’s Summit is to inspire, engage & empower women across Africa to promote development in infrastructure, health & human resources, education and technology.

Misconceptions are the one connecting thread no matter what part of Africa is mentioned; in media, in educational formats, across the board. Yes, every country has its detracting factors but those factors are not the only heartbeat of a nation. Africa has the resources, the capability, and the strength to be international leaders in agricultural impact, healthcare advances, technological innovations and infrastructure development. Building on strengths and repairing weaknesses is the only way to move forward. Africa has a destiny to fulfill.

Support Our Future

We believe everyone can help lead the new generation. Whether you’re ready to empower our youth with entrepreneurship or education, we have a program which you can get involved. From concept to creation, work with us to inspire our future.