As CEO/Publisher and Founder of Universal Write Publications (UWP Books), a Social Science Academic Press, her practitioner role distinctly connects with her mission to impact Linguistic Imperialism and rhetoric through the Afrocentric and African Centered constructs. Implications of her research as an Activist Scholar, as well as a Black-centered publisher, will provide a greater understanding of how marginalized social groups can protect themselves by understanding the role of the hegemonic supremacist entity, that Black people are playing by rules to a game that was never meant for them to win.
Because of her passion for educating and creating intellectual safe spaces for people to grow and develop, UWP Books is intentional about publishing books by Black scholars from an African center that provides them opportunities for tenure, rigorous and competitive citations, with the ability to write from one's lived experience and scholarship, in order to take ownership of Black identity and historical legacy.
For speaking engagement inquiries, please contact AyoSekai@uwpbooks.com.
CEO/Founder of UWP Books | Author 🖋 | Scholar 🎓| Speaker | Ph.D.| Linguist activist
Dr. Ayo Sekai is a native of Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended High School and her formative PostSecondary College Years. As a researcher, she is a Political Scientist and Linguist with a specialization in Black Politics and International Relations. Dr. Sekai obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English from the State University College at Buffalo. She continued her higher educational pursuit and earned her Master's Degree in the Institute of Latin America and The Caribbean at the University of South Florida and her Ph.D. at Howard University in the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Sekai examines how language is used to impact political agenda, rhetoric, and policies that later become regulated through the legal system, therefore perpetuating policing of the Black body, inequity, inequality, and marginalization, based on race, across the Global South, through an international lens of the Black Diaspora. Specifically, she focuses on Linguistic Imperialism, Dog Whistle Politics on the basis of White Fragility within the framework of Robert Philipson and Charles Mills, The Racial Contract. An important goal of her research is to contribute to the knowledge base of how words are used and her unique contribution to the "Nation within a Nation" paradigm as outlined in her dissertation, Linguistic Imperialism: The Rhetoric of Domination through the African American Lens (Denise Rosier).
Ph.D., Political Science
Howard University, Washington D.C, 2020
Black Politics and International Affairs
Dissertation: Linguistic Imperialism and the Political Rhetoric of Domination
M.A., Masters of Arts in International Affairs through the Institute of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC)
University of South Florida, Tampa Florida
Thesis: Europe/Russia’s political allegiances and corruption and its impact on resource document on Latin America and the Caribbean
B.A., Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education
State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo New York
Certified Secondary Language Arts Teacher
Linguistic Imperialism: An Analysis of the Political Rhetoric of Domination Against and Through the African American Lens
Howard University (Dissertation) ProQuest Published 2020.
Caribbean Quarterly Journal:
Poems Published 2020.
Linguistic Imperialism. Trump and Making America Great Again
NEWSCHASER: The Rhetoric of Trump in Essays and Commentaries, Published Book Chapter 2017 - UWP Books, New York.
Afrocentric Before Afrocentricity: A Quest toward Endarkenment
Published Book 2016- UWP Books, New York.
National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Senior Leader to the Higher Education Committee (HEC); Liberia-Bicentennial Ambassy for African American/Diaspora Returnee -Vice-President & Co-Founder; DC Democratic Women’s Club; Friendly Law 501c3 (Board Member); Yale Bouchet Honor Society Induction; Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society; Golden Key International Honor Society; Graduate Political Student Association; Preparing Future Faculty; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; BIG-Member/National Delegate Alternate; Federal Department of Education - Chair-Dept of Education Region X1 Oratorical Competition; Federal Combined Campaign Dept. of Education OPE - POC Lead and Co-Chair; Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award.
Spending time with Family & Friends, Traveling, Gardening, Drawing, Writing & Performing Poetry, Reading, Traveling