Celina Ngozi Esekawu
Celina Ngozi is an Igbo Nigerian/Black agrarian from the South. They moved back to their family land to grow food full time in a rural Freedom Town on Tonkawa land in Central Texas. The land has been in their maternal family for 150 years. They have worked in food systems for 10 years in Texas and Colorado. They advocate for land access for Black and Brown agrarians and deepening relationship with the earth through cultivating food and medicine, developing kinship with non-human beings, and accessing ancestral knowledge. Their praxis has led to the development of earth-based programming uplifting practices from the African Diaspora, centering culturally relevant foods, ritual, ancestral connection, community care, and collectivism.
Year(s) Awarded: 2023