In 2013, Ashley Obasi, her sister Ijeamaka Obasi and best friend Tikkara Cooper decided it was time to celebrate Black women who succeed in their pursuit of a higher education.
In 2010 during the first semester of her freshman year in college, Ashley Obasi lost her father suddenly. He died of a heart attack unexpectedly in her hometown of Chicago. She took some time off from school and returned to the Syracuse University campus in her own time. “Returning to school was crazy, and for a while, I was walking around campus dazed or just crying in the middle of class,” Obasi recalls. “It was a really tough experience for me. My 18th birthday was like four months away and I could not even fathom what four months would feel like. It was really difficult to want to move forward.”