I received my earliest training in the Family Tradition of Healing Arts
from both my paternal and maternal Grandmothers. After graduating from Snyder
high school in Jersey City,New Jersey,my educational journey led me to
Essex County Junior College, in NewArk,New Jersey from 1967 to1969 where I
earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration. From there I
attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey studying Early
Childhood Education from 1969 to 1971. As the student secretary to Dr. George
Jackson, the Chairman of the Black Studies Department at Seton Hall University,I
was privileged to attend all the classes and guest lecturers presented by the
Department.I began my fomal studies in the Art of Midwifery at Temple University
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1972. I also followed through with
my studies at New York University, majoring in Early Childhood Education with a
Tradition of Folk Arts from 1971 to 1973. While attending NYU, I became
involved in studying and working with the Council of Independent Black
Institutions,which infused Afrikan cultural content and context into
the pedagogy of educating the Black child. I continued my studies and apprentice
in Traditional Midwifery with the Granny Midwives from 1973 to 1979. My
initiation into the study of Afrikan Spirituality
and the Healing Arts led me to the University of Kosmic Consciousness with
Dr.Oswego in Atlanta,Georgia from 1980 to 1981.My continued quest for knowledge
directed me to study with Dr.Laila Afrika in the Tradition of Afrikan Healing.
With Dr. Afrika's recommendation, I followed his example and pursued a Doctorate
in Naturopath Studies at the Anglo-American Institute of Drugless Therapy in
Kinlock, Scotland from 1982 to 1985. Under the advisement of my Aunt, a self
taught biochemist, I applied and was accepted into the Registered Nurse program
at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort from 1990 to 1992.Upon returning
to Atlanta, I studied with Dr. Andoh at the North Scale Institute.
Participation in special projects abroad include traveling to: Honduras in 2007
as part of a medical delegation to set up the Garifuna Birthing
Project; Guatemala in 2008 to research Mayan Healing Traditions; Haiti in 2010
volunteering with a medical team to respond to the earthquake disaster as an
emergency Ob/Gyn and midwife physician.
My broad studies, travels and rich exposure have led me to experiences as a:
craft artist, vegan and live food vendor, flora and fauna lecturer and
guide; Co-director and teacher at Freedom Institute, a CIBI accredited school;
Founder-Director of a non-profit ,The Progressive Center for Creativity, Inc;
Regular featured guest on the children's television program,Gullah Gullah
Island , teaching Afrikan tradition and folklore; Co-owner and co-manager of
enterprise, Keepers of the Culture; Presently I am the Founder-Director of the
Mawiya-Black Life Institute,which offers training in Wholistic Traditional
Healing Practices, Counseling and Traditional Midwifery; I am currently a
practicing Wholistic Naturopath Physician, Traditional Midwife,Relationship
and Life Counselor.
Affiliations: Council of Independent Black Institutions; Ayurvedic Medical
Association; Penn Center Heritage Committee; Gullah Festival Committee; British
Guild of Health Practitioners; International Alliance of Midwives; Afrikan
Traditional Priests and Healers.
My family includes 9 adult children, one of which transitioned, 11 grandchildren
at present, and a husband.
I envision our Afrikan people worldwide living in communities of Sustainable
Health and Peace of body, mind and spirit. We as a people cannot move forward
until what is missing is retrieved, Sankofa is our Healing.
Peace and Blessings, Dr.Siti N.Opio aka Nana Siti