2020 Change Maker
Oronike Odeleye is a freelance Arts & Entertainment consultant who has worked with a range of clients including ONE Musicfest, The National Black Arts Festival, The Annie B Casey Foundation, American Express, The Atlanta Hawks, and The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office.
In 2017 she co-founded the #MuteRKelly campaign to advocate for the black community's divestment from accused serial sexual abuser, R. Kelly. Through her work over the past 2 years, the #MuteRKelly campaign has gotten 16 concerts canceled in the US and abroad, held protest rallies in 8 cities, had his music downgraded from streaming platforms and banned from radio stations across the nation, gotten RCA to end his recording contract, and has seen charges brought against him by the FBI and Chicago PD, and investigations launched in Atlanta, GA and Detroit, Michigan.
Most importantly, her work has sparked conversations around the nation about sexual abuse in the #MeToo era, childhood sexual abuse in the Black community, and the politics of race, wealth and fame in bringing abusers to justice.
Oronike was featured in the explosive Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R Kelly, and has been interviewed on-air and in print by publications worldwide including The New York Times, The Roland Martin Show, NPR, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rolling Stone, BBC, and The Root, as well as on countless radio stations and podcasts.
She has lectured nationwide about the #MuteRKelly campaign, social media activism, rape culture, race and gender politics in intersectional feminisim, childhood sexual abuse in the Black Community, and modern ideas around female sexuality at Morehouse College, Norfolk State University, Princeton University, and Syracuse University.
In 2019, Oronike was honored as one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women, celebrating women from Africa and the Diaspora disrupting the status quo. In April 2019 she was honored with the Activist Impact Award at the Breakthrough Inspiration Awards in NYC. In May of the same year she received the Visionary Champions award at Resilience's Evening of Impact in Chicago, IL.
Most recently she was named the #5 Most Influential African American 25-45 years old on the Root 100 2019 list which honors the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.
Oronike graduated from Syracuse University in 2001 with a B.A in Film Studies. She resides in Atlanta, GA.