Authors

Linda and Nneka OnyiloforLinda Onyilofor is a poet who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She retired from Milwaukee County Parks in 2007. She has one daughter, Nneka. In 2009, her son Emeka lost his battle with schizophrenia. Since then, Linda has been active in her community, tutoring children and adults with disabilities, volunteering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and is a member of the 
National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS). She also teaches a children’s Sunday school class at her church and plans to continue to inspire and change lives in the mental health community.

Nneka Onyilofor is an educator, writer, and mother, residing in St. Paul, MN. Nneka has earned a master’s degree from the University of 
Minnesota and has worked in social service and higher 
education diversity positions for many years. She has traveled to several West African and European countries, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Her writings have been published in a variety of local publications and she hopes to one day 
publish a book of her own poetry and essays. In memory of her father, Michael, and her brother, Emeka, Nneka is honored to be the co-author of this book to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness.