Edidiong Obot

Cultural Influencer | Community Advocate | The Connector

Edidiong Obot is a proud first generation Nigerian–American with strong cultural ties that impact her community and influences cultural awareness. With her enthusiasm to link communities with equitable resources while spreading cultural awareness, she is constantly connecting the dots in the community through advocacy, social impact, and community engagement. Featured as a cultural influencer and community advocate by various outlets and publications from the National Action Network (NAN) to TEDxAlief and VoyageHouston Magazine, she is committed to ensuring that there is a positively progressive impact in the community. Edidiong is an
internationally recognized speaker who has spoken on various platforms including South Africa’s Dream Academy Leadership Summit and other conferences where her talks range from grassroots organizing to empowerment and leadership. She has also moderated various panel discussions including the AWO Center Huemankind Festival, the Society for African in the Diaspora (SAiD) Library literary discussion, and more.

In addition, she impacts the lives of young leaders by sharing cross-cultural organizing tools that encourage civic engagement on issues that affect their community and how to get involved at a local, national, and international level.

Edidiong has served in various leadership roles impacting the presence of minorities in advocacy, cultural, arts, and S.T.E.M. arts spaces ranging from the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals to the City of Sugar Land Cultural Arts Division. She is amongst The Memorial Foundation (TMF), builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 2021 inaugural
class of the Social Justice Fellows Program as part of the Foundation’s commemoration of the Martin Luther King Memorial’s 10th anniversary. Edidiong is also a part of the 2021 inaugural City of Houston Complete Communities University cohort. Edidiong was honoured with the 2021 Top 20 Rising Star Award by the Professional Association of Young Africans. In addition, she was recently recognized in the 2021 African-American Marketing Association’s 50+ Black Market on the Rise in Influencers and Media Innovators Category. She was also recognized in the 2020 Who’s Who in the Nigerian Diaspora, 2020 Marquis Who's Who in America, Who’s Who in Black Houston, and honored as being amongst the Top Rising Africans Star Award Under 40 by the Young African Professionals. Edidiong is an alumna of Texas Southern University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Toxicology. She is known for "Connecting the Dots in the Community" through her core C.L.A.S.S.E. values which stands for: Culture, Lifestyle, Advocacy, Spiritual Empowerment, Strategy, Engagement. She utilizes C.L.A.S.S.E. to empower, spread awareness, and promote culture while impacting the community. She currently serves as a Public Servant in local government as a Community Engagement Coordinator where she utilizes her training and experience to organize around various community issues centered around equity in underserved and marginalized communities.