Raised by the Village
Born in the Village of Harlem, in New York City, NY to Mantuila François Nyomo, a Jazz Musician and Professor from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ex-Zaïre) and Charline Riley Nyomo, an African American mother, who was a model and singer. After her parents separation, Ndona moved to Evanston and was raised primarily in the 5th Ward, surrounded by her mother's family, the Perrin's. She is the 5th generation of the Perrin family to live and grow up in Evanston. On her father's side, she is the first generation to be born in the United States of America. Her maternal grandmother Julia Perrin and her great aunt Mildred Perrin stepped in when her parents weren't able. Raised in Black Evanston by her family and a village of extended family and friends that have been connected by marriage, trials, tribulations, but most of all, by love!
A Family Focus Kid
A safe place for children to learn and feel love. At a time when things weren't so good at home and my parents were separated, I had Mrs. JoAnn Avery. A mother to so many children like me, she was always willing to listen to the voices of those who felt lost and neglected. She allowed me to be me, creative, talkative and inquisitive! During a time that so many Black families were dealing with drug addiction in their households and the neglect and potential abuse that ensued, Mrs. JoAnn knew all of our families, our individual stories and needs and she made sure we were not forgotten! We were free to be
our true selves.
A Product of District65 and the 5th Ward
Ndona grew up in a diverse city, surrounded by people that wanted her and all of the children to succeed. At Kingsley when it was a pre-school, the first school she attended upon her arrival from New York City, using such foreign words as soda and with a slight New York accent, she was immediately embraced. She learned French in after school programs at Lincolnwood and participated in Y.E.A. (Young Evanston artists) and even won awards while at Haven. Nearly all of her neighborhood friends went to school with her. from the 5th ward she attended Kingsley, Lincolnwood and Haven. She learned about different cultures through dance and games. On one day she learned to sing the dreidl song and on another she learned the dance and chants of Miriam Makeba of South Africa. She remembers friends whose families were from the Caribbean, Africa, Central and Southern America, Europe and of course the United States. Her identity as a gifted Black child was reinforced by her family and community. The teachers that most impacted her career choice and outlook on life were as diverse as the population of Evanston. Always taught to be proud of who she was and that she represented her family and ancestors in everything she did!
A Citizen of the World
After graduating Evanston Township High School in 1994, Ndona moved to New York City to study Fine Arts at PArsons School of Design and eventually went on to study Finance at City College of the City University of New York and eventually Began to study Psychology at the New School University in New York. Unable to work full time and study at the same time, she left school to pursue a career as a translator on Wall Street at a transfer agent and eventually a Licensed Stock Broker and Specialist at Barclays, one of the Oldest British banks. While living in NYC, she had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and Africa, discovering different cultures, food and languages. Once married she relocated to Quebec, Canada and finally settled in Oakville, Ontario Canada, a suburb of Toronto. In addition to English, Ndona speaks French and two indigenous languages of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which are Lingala and KiKongo. Kikongo is the language of the Kongo people, her and her father's ethnic group and official language of the ancient Kongo Kingdom. She also has limited proficiency in Tshiluba, the language of the Luba people also from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the language of her husband and his ethnic group. Ndona also has limited proficiency in Spanish.
A Married Mother of 2
Ndona and her husband Didier Muboyayi met in Queens, New York and become friends with a mutual passion for history, politics, the arts and debate. After two years of friendship they married and eventually became the parents of two children. Christophe, the very serious old soul, is wise beyond his years. He excels in all of his classes AP and honors classes at ETHS, he is a member of Model UN, Speech and Debate, the swim team and year over year his has been acknowledged by the honor society. Lila-Kapinga is very artistic and strives to do her best. After advocating for her daughter, once Ndona noticed her struggling, she was able to get an IEP, ample support from a team of therapists, family and community members to make she that she succeeds. Though Chris is doing very well academically, he was once labeled as unruly and unable to learn. Ndona always the dedicated active parent, she advocated for her son to make sure he wouldn't be mislabeled and tracked, an issue that many Black parents have to deal with, especially as it relates to Black boys. With her experience of advocacy and community engagement, Ndona has made it her life's work to support and advocate for those less fortunate and/or unable to navigate the system of education for the most marginalized, BBIPOC, emergent language learners and SPED children. "Because All Children Can Thrive!"