Identity and Then Some

I hope everyone enjoyed the last series as much as I did….. It was important for me to take a step back and play a different role – the listener/reader. I have gotten somewhat comfortable with telling my own stories and sometimes one can get caught up in the whole “talk talk” like my people will say. With that said, I have been working on another project on an institutional level (we’re moving up friends.) For those that have somehow missed it, I work at Maryville College which is located in Maryville, Tennessee about 20 minutes away from the Great Smokey Mountains. I’m surrounded by beautiful mountains and a rather inconsistent weather pattern, but that’s a story for another day. Back to my story though, I was really impressed with the reception the last series got and so, I was inspired to provide a platform where our campus community members could share their own stories. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m a prodder, but I think of it along the lines of Master Encourager. Some people need a little more “encouragement” than others to share and since I had the gift, I didn’t want it to go to waste.

I did some ground work and put forth a proposal for an annual campus initiative called Identity Week. Thanks to my loving community, this proposal was picked up and here we are on day 1 of Maryville College’s Identity Week 2015. This week will allow students, staff, faculty and administration to connect on a whole different level by sharing their identity in form of photos and stories. What I have found is that people want to tell stories about themselves and their experiences, they just need to be provided with the opportunity to do so.

Here’s what my photo/short narrative looks like:

Onyeka 1

In my regular prodding self, I encourage you to do a couple of things:

1) Visit our website here

2) If you’re on Facebook then , please stop by and like our page

3) Our Instagram page is craving your attention too, so follow us @mcidentity

4) Sit for a minute and think about what defines you. What is your essence grounded upon and shoot me an email at and let’s have our own Identity Week here on the blog!

PS: Something big is coming to the blog soon……..wait for it!!!


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