A couple of weeks ago, we introduced our new Pastor of Justice and Care Initiatives, Ubani Ukuku. We asked Ubani to share a little about herself so everyone could get to know her better. Join us in welcoming Ubani to the New City team!
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Ubani Ukuku. I am a first generation American, born and raised in Atlanta, GA whose family hails from Nigeria. I was raised in, and still immerse myself in, Nigerian culture so I fully identify as both Nigerian and American. I graduated from THE University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with a BA in Political Science. I then went on to obtain a JD from the University of Houston Law Center and began practicing law a few months later. I accepted Christ into my life at the young age of seven and have been trekking ever since. I have a big heart, I’m passionate, I love to empower people, and I’m an outgoing introvert.
Before joining the New City team, what were you doing?
I was a defense attorney with Maricopa County for close to six years, practicing in the areas of criminal defense and child welfare law.
Describe your role at New City. What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
My role at New City will consist of maintaining existing and creating new strategic partnerships with local community organizations, mobilizing New City members to meet the personal needs of our community, and meeting the general needs of members in need within our church body.
As a defense attorney, I practiced holistic representation. This meant that in addition to helping clients through the legal system, I helped them get on their feet in their personal life through obtaining mental health services, housing, jobs, and a wide array of other personal issues.
I am looking forward to utilizing these skills and community connections to assist the body of believers at New City in taking the gospel to the places we live, work, study, and play.
When you aren’t at work, what can you be found doing?
Watching or attending sporting events (particularly college football), working out, laughing and/or smiling, listening to music and dancing, eating ethnic cuisine, enjoying people’s company, relaxing, and traveling to Nigeria or participating in Nigerian cultural activities here in the States. Once upon a time, I did public/motivational speaking and I would love to get back into that.
Random fun fact:
I have walked (modeled) in Phoenix Fashion Week, Tucson Fashion Week, and other local shows. As part of Phoenix Fashion Week, I participated in the Model of the Year Competition and came in the top ten. I did all of this while practicing law full time.