Nigerian feminist and educator speaks at Loyola

By Mallory Curran

Nigerian feminist and educator Ngozi Udoye’s new book was the topic of a recent discussion at a special event held in Mundelein Auditorium at Loyola University Chicago.

 An audience of about 100 listened as Udoye spoke about her new book titled, The Woman in Me: The Struggles of an African Woman to Discover Her Identity.  The book shares inspiring stories of her own and other African American women’s experiences.   

 Udoye, more commonly known as Mama Sophia, is a Nigerian educator, feminist, activist, mother, and most importantly, a truth teller. 

 “I always like to tell people I am a missionary of love to African women,” Udoye said. 

 Udoye, a Loyola alumna, was empowered by her own life experiences to create a company called African Women in America (AfWiAm). 

 AfWiAm is a human rights awareness program for African American women.  It focuses on teaching women empowerment and freedom from oppression such as prostitution, human trafficking, and domestic abuse.

 “I want to tell my story, and the ways the women speak it out through their mouths and hearts,” Udoye said.

 Udoye emphasized that women in countries such as Africa don’t have many of the freedoms as do women in the United States.  She is committed to liberating and educating women in countries such as Africa who are overcome by cultural practices in their societies. 

 Udoye’s words proved to make an impact on those listening. 

 “Tonight was quite the moving experience,” said Kevin Rojas, a freshman criminal justice major at Loyola.  “I can see that there is a lot of oppression and it proves how blind we really are.  Mama Sophia opened my eyes tonight to a whole new world.”

 A co-worker of Udoye agreed. 

 “After tonight, I got to know her more in depth.  She gives a new meaning to life,” said recent Loyola graduate Alecia Baxter.

 The night closed out with a special song performance and some final comments from Udoye.

 “The woman in me is beginning to speak and feel no more shame, and now I am starting to think that these women must be taken care of,” said Udoye.  Although I may be powerful, I will never be liberated until women in Africa are free.”

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Loyola lists Friday activities for Spirit Week

All week long, Loyola University Chicago is celebrating Spirit Week.

Here is schedule of activities for Friday:

Men’s & Women’s Soccer Double Header & Tailgate
4:00 pm at Loyola Soccer Park (6336 N. Hoyne, Chicago IL 60659)
Come enjoy tailgating fare and fun before the women’s soccer team takes on Wright State and our Men’s soccer team takes on Detroit in an important conference game.  Enjoy all the great tailgating basics: games, music, drinks and food . . .  oh and FREE LUC Gear!!  The first 1500 fans to the tailgate will receive a Stadium Cup and the first 500 fans into the park receive a Rambler Scarf.  Make sure to dress in your favorite Rambler colors!!  

Directions from Lakeshore Campus: 1) CTA # 155 (WEST) – Bus Stop in front of Loyola Red Line (Free w U-PASS) -Every 10 min 2) WALK – Just less then 1 mile west on Devon past Ridge to Hoyne 3) For a ride to the field call 8-RIDE 

Loyola’s Got Talent
9:00 p.m. in Rambler Room, CFSU
Loyola students are talented and bring a variety of skills to our community.  Join us as we showcase some of our outstanding student groups and performers. 

Loyola Department of Programming ((dop)): Movie of the Week
9:00 p.m. in Crown Center Auditorium, LS
Toy Story 3

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Loyola University Chicago kicks off Spirit Week

Loyola University Chicago’s Spirit Week begins Friday with a host of weeklong activities for students, faculty, staff and families.

Here’s a list of the weeklong events:

LUC Gear Giveaways
Monday, 9/27 & Friday, 10/1 from 1-2 pm in CFSU @ LSC 

Feel like you have Loyola spirit? Show it off throughout the week as we give away free Loyola gear to the most energetic and knowledgeable Ramblers on campus.  The Information Desk will be giving away 20 pieces of Loyola gear per day to Loyola students. At 1PM each day in the student union, listen for the Loyola Fight Song. When you hear ‘Hail Loyola’ come to the Information Desk where you will be asked a Loyola University Chicago trivia question. Answer it right and you will win a piece of Loyola gear!! Answer incorrectly?? Try again.

Where is Dr. Kelly, VP of Student Development? Gear Giveaway Days
Monday, 9/27 & Wednesday, 9/29 from 12-1P

Want more chances to win free Loyola gear? Dr. Kelly, VP of Student Development and LU Wolf will be riding around throughout Spirit Week making sure that Loyola students are catching the spirit of Loyola. Impress them with your spirit and win some free Loyola gear. Get caught wearing gear from another school? You might not be as lucky. Show Dr. Kelly and LU Wolf your spirit and be rewarded for it!!

Loyola Spirit Week Departmental/Office Decorating Contest
The Spirit Week Committee invites Loyola’s departments to participate in a Departmental/Office decorating contest as part of the first annual Spirit Week at Loyola University Chicago! Your entry must illustrate your Loyola Pride, so be creative!

Loyola Spirit Week Door Decorating Contest!
The first 100 residence hall rooms that sign up for the Loyola Spirit Week Door Decorating Contest will receive a package of supplies to decorate their residence hall or apartment door!  Seven student rooms will win a gift card to a local restaurant and named at the Spirit Rally on Friday, October 1st.  Out of the seven finalists, there will be one grand prize winner who will win a $100 gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Interested participants must sign up online at by Friday, September 24th at 5:00pm.  Judging will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Spirit Week.  For more information, contact Eric Musselman at or Domonic Rollins at

World’s Best Professor
Monday, 9/27 through Friday, 10/1
11am-2pm, CFSU Lobby & outside Simpson Dining

Let your professor know that you think they are the “World’s Best Professor”.  During Spirit Week students will be able to nominate the professors who have had a positive impact in their lives for World’s Best Professors. All faculty nominated will receive a “World’s Best Professor” mug and a note telling them who nominated them. This is a great way for you to recognize the amazing faculty who has had a tremendous impact on your collegiate experience.

Loyola Video Extravaganza!
Submissions due by Wednesday, 9/29
Students will be invited to submit original, self-made videos showing their Loyola pride and what it means to be a Rambler! The winning video(s) will be played during the spirit rally on friday, October 1st and first, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the winning videos.  First place prize will win a Nikon Cool Pix Camera; Second place prize will win a $50 gift card; Third place prize will win a $25 gift card.

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