L.A. AFRICAN: What are 3 interesting facts about you?
LINDA: 1) I hate sweets lol (in fact, for my birthday, I usually just have cake/ cookies/ ice-cream, etc. for the guests, never for myself lol)
2.) I love pageants and even though I took a four year hiatus, I actually plan to start competing again this April!
3.) I am a trap music fanatic lol
L.A. AFRICAN: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
LINDA: My name is Linda Okoli, and I am 25 years old! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas by two very traditional Nigerian parents, so I am very familiar with the beauty and challenges of being a “Nigerian-American” woman. I graduated from Baylor University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and then graduated with my law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May of 2018.
In addition to this, I am also a Real Estate Agent and the owner of a fashion & inspiration blog entitled, “LifeOnLOC”.
In life, my parents have always emphasized the importance of success and stability, which I have always honored and lived by. Ultimately, I have always have been passionate about leaving a legacy of positivity and influence for others to be inspired by, especially young women. Therefore, in everything I do whether it be career related or extracurricular, I like to make sure that I am keeping my life-long goal in mind and make sure that it is the driving force behind everything that I do!
L.A. AFRICAN: What music album is currently the most played on your playlist?
LINDA: I am someone who shuffles through music constantly based on my mood, but right now, the album played the most is Last Day of Summer by Summer Walker. Her voice is amazing and each song is so relatable and gives such a vibe!
L.A. AFRICAN: What have been some challenges you've faced on your journey towards obtaining your J.D., being a real estate agent, and running your blog? What did you do to overcome them?
LINDA: I’ve faced an array of challenges in my life, however, my biggest challenge I have had to overcome was cyberbullying. Cyberbullying was something I experienced from my teenage years up until my early twenties. It was heartbreaking and put me at an all time low. It affected my mood, how I communicated, and even important relationships in my life. I found myself starting to become a person that I didn’t recognize nor liked, and thats what encouraged me to reflect on my feelings about this situation and heal. I spent a lot of time with God and doing things that empowered me as a woman. I then began to realize that people’s words were only as powerful as I made them out to be. I had to remember that God made me the head and not the tail, and as long as I believed in Him and myself…nothing or no one else mattered.
L.A. AFRICAN: What currently keeps you motivated?
LINDA: What currently keeps me motivated is finally achieving the vision that God planted in my spirit. Everyday, I feel God playing a movie in my head of what my life will look like one day. He constantly shows me how He will put me on platforms and give me opportunities to do great things, achieve my dreams, and touch people all over the world. So actually fulfilling that vision is what keeps me pumped and ready to keep on moving in life, even when laying in bed seems much more appealing!
L.A. AFRICAN: One person you look up to?
LINDA: Michelle Obama is definitely a woman that I look up to for many reasons. Her entire life is a depiction of overcoming adversity and experiencing unprecedented triumph. From being a young girl from the Southside of Chicago to living in the White House, from not passing the Bar Exam the first time to becoming one of the most respected women in political history...Michelle Obama is a clear example of determination, resilience, and excellence. Her ability to inspire others and advocate change in society is admirable beyond words, and it would be an honor to leave a legacy half as impactful as hers.
Be sure to keep up with Linda by following her on instagram @lifeonloc !