Ebube Nwaeme has always believed himself to be a good communicator. This, and his interest in public relations, influenced his decision to major in Communication Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). He plans to transfer to a 4-year school after graduating with an associate degree in December 2021.
At BMCC, Nwaeme serves as the President of the Pre-law Society Club. He enjoys discussing topics that impact him and his peers, both as individuals and in society. During the 2020 Presidential election, the club engaged in lively debates, and Nwaeme found it inspiring to share thoughts and ideas with like-minded individuals.
One thing that Nwaeme values highly is working with and helping younger people. He currently tutors students between the ages of 3 to 12 years in English and Math for Kumon Institute of Education. He is a volunteer youth leader with My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Youth Council, where he refers youth to various resources available to them in New York City. Nwaeme is also a member of We the Youth, You the People, where he hosts and moderates town hall discussions on topics relevant to the city’s youth. These two programs are part of the New York government’s Department of Youth and Community Development; the town halls covered issues such as mental health, gender justice, gun control, and policing.
“I am very privileged to be a member of various community platforms and groups that take initiative when it comes to issues like this,” Nwaeme said. “During the peak of the BLM protests, I was one of the youth members who kickstarted a string of virtual town halls that gave young people a platform to be seen and heard.”
[At Writing Wrongs,] I hope to learn how racism really works and how it affects the society, but most importantly come up with solutions on how to combat this social and economic vulture and create an equal playing field for everyone. The program will also give me a space where I can use my skills and creativity to create impactful materials.
Possessing a strong African accent garnered some negative attention for Nwaeme in high school. But he knew that the racist jokes were coming from ignorance and did not pay much attention. He has never experienced a potentially fatal racist encounter but some of his friends have — and Nwaeme says it is always difficult to talk about.
If granted one wish, Nwaeme would wish for a full ride scholarship to any 4-year college anywhere in the world. His wish for the world would be to always see things from a grateful perspective.
“The world is so negative most of the time. … I believe if I have the power to see things from a grateful perspective, I’ll always appreciate where I’m at in life, regardless of what’s happening around me,” Nwaeme said. “I also believe that energy can be contagious and people who come around me will end up seeing things a little differently.”
Nwaeme’s number one bucket list item is to be happy with his authentic, true self.