Ngozi Fulani (born February 27, 1965) is a 58-year-old Independent British Domestic Violence advisor, Entrepreneur, and Dancer from the United Kingdom.
Although she founded Sistah Space, the first and only domestic abuse charity for African and Caribbean women and girls in the United Kingdom, she came into the media light following her experience with the Royal Family. Find out all about Ngozi’s life and the controversies surrounding her below.
Ngozi Fulani’s Biography Summary
- Full name: Marlene Headley
- Nickname: Ngozi Fulani
- Gender: Female
- Date of Birth: February 27, 1965
- Ngozi Fulani’s Age: 58 years old
- Place of Birth: London, England, United Kingdom
- Ethnicity: African
- Nationality: British, Caribbean
- Zodiac sign: Pisces
- Sexual orientation: Straight
- Marital status: Married
- Ngozi Fulani’s children: Adwa Headley Stushie, Djan Headley-Neverson, and Kas Headley
- Ngozi Fulani’s parents: Gladstone Headley and Mildred Headley
- Sibling: Sandra Richards
- Ngozi Fulani’s height in inches: 5 feet 7 inches
- Ngozi Fulani’s height in centimeters: 170 cm
- Ngozi Fulani’s weight: 60 kg
- Education: SOAS Faculty of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- Occupation: Activist, Dancer, Entrepreneur
- Ngozi Fulani’s net worth: $800,000
- Famous for: Founding Sistah Space
How Old is Ngozi Fulani?
Ngozi Fulani is 58 years old. She was born Marlene Headley on February 27, 1965, in London, United Kingdom. Her father’s name was Gladstone Headley while her mother was a woman simply referred to as Mildred. She has 7 siblings, a twin sister named Sandra Richards and six others whose names and genders are yet to be confirmed.
Where is Ngozi Fulani from?
Although Ngozi Fulani has not explicitly stated where she is from, we were able to confirm that her parents migrated to Britain from Barbados as the Windrush Generation. As such, sources claim that Ngozi is a British Caribbean with African ancestry.
For her education, Ngozi Fulani attended South Kilburn High School and after she graduated, she attended an undisclosed college. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she proceeded to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London ,where she obtained a Master’s degree in African Studies with African Film, Music & Performance.
Furthermore, she attended The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education Secondary Education and Teaching.
What Does Ngozi Fulani Do for a Living?
Ngozi holds various jobs and she seemingly excels at all of them. Below is a detailed description of the past and current professional paths she has towed.
She is a Dancer
Ngozi began dancing when she was only 23 years old and focuses on African dance. Although she has not provided a detailed account of her career as a professional dancer, we were able to verify that she was a dance teacher in Hackney for 20 years, during which she also headed the Emashi Dance ensemble. Additionally, Ngozi is also a ceremonies officer and a drummer.
Ngozi Fulani is a Rights Activist
When I heard that legend Irene Cara of FAME has passed, I knew what I had to do., go to the Sistah Space shop in Dalston where there's always staff & customers ready to give a fitting tribute.
RIP Irene, you launched the dreams of millions of performers
YOUR GONNA LIVE FOREVER pic.twitter.com/dLAssDi79I
— Sistah Space (@Sistah_Space) November 27, 2022
Ngozi Fulani is an activist who is highly passionate about helping female victims of domestic and sexual violence. She founded Sistah Space, a charity organization for abused girls and women. Sistah Space is the first domestic abuse charity for African and Caribbean women and girls in the United Kingdom. The organization supports families affected by domestic abuse by removing any cultural and societal biases that might likely be encountered by the victims.
To ensure that their objectives are met, the organization provides various services for victims some of which include advocacy, a charity shop, and a food bank. It also conducts research and trains victims on how best to overcome their abuse experiences and become better versions of themselves.
Ngozi currently works as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor at Sistah Space, a role she assumed in November 2015.
Why Did Ngozi Fulani Gain Media Attention?
Although Ngozi Fulani is successful in her career as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), she only gained media attention in November 2022 following her attendance at the domestic abuse charity event held by Princess Camilla at Buckingham Palace.
Speaking about the event during an interview, Ngozi revealed that Prince William’s godmother and the Queen’s Lady in Waiting; Lady Susan Hussey had put her under prolonged racism by repeatedly asking her where she was really from despite having told her that she was from Hackney.
Ngozi further stated that Lady Susan had raised her hair to see her name tag and asked her “What part of Africa are you from?” although Ngozi was born and raised in the United Kingdom. The encounter left Ngozi embarrassed as she had to stand before other guests while Lady Hussey questioned her heritage.
The encounter with Lady Susan at Buckingham palace reminded Ngozi of the racism she has had to deal with in the past. After her parents moved to the United Kingdom, Ngozi’s family was the only black family on their road and this made the children encounter challenges in relating with other children and adults alike.
Her brothers were constantly attacked by their peers and the police, and she was also not spared the bullying on account of her color. Thus, she decided to speak out against the “Prolonged Racism” she faced at the palace.
Following Ngozi’s revelations, many social media users exploded in anger over the allegations of racism and despite Ngozi’s claim that she did not want Lady Susan Hussey to lose her job, the Queen’s Lady in Waiting eventually resigned from her position following the media backlash.
How Did the Royal Family React to the Media Backlash?
Some days after Ngozi Fulani tweeted about the incident at Buckingham Palace, the Palace claimed that it had invited her to discuss the issue in person. However, she denied having received any invitation from the palace, although she later had a direct discussion with the palace on the issue.
Speaking on the incident, Prince William declared that racism of any sort had no place in society and further classified Lady Susan Hussey’s comments as unacceptable. Consequently, Lady Susan Hussey apologized for her comments and also resigned from her position as the Queen’s Lady in Waiting.
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
Thank you to all the wonderful people who joined their voices with ours to speak out against violence to women, including, @iamDavidAjala, @DrAishaKGill @SuzanneEJacob, @MPeopleHeatherS @misanharriman & @FKAtwigs & the many more who have contributed.
— Sistah Space (@Sistah_Space) November 29, 2022
Where is Ngozi Fulani Now?
Ngozi Fulani currently resides in London, England, with her husband and their three children: Adwa Headley Stushie, Djan Headley-Neverson, and Kas Headley. She focuses on running her organization and details of her activities can be found on the organization’s Instagram handle @sistahspace_ and Twitter @Sistah_Space.