Akilah Monifa

Akilah (“Kiki”) is editor-in-chief of Arise 2.0, a global digital publication by LGBTQ folks of color and our allies and for everyone. A former lawyer, the self-taught developer built her first Alexa skill called “Black History Everyday” at age 60.



Coding Strong at Age 60 - Akilah Monifa (ARISE Global Media SVP) at Elevate 2019

At age 40, Akilah Monifa stopped practicing law to do what her younger self had wanted to do: become a full-time writer. She received an Amazon Echo as a gift and made another pivot at age 60. This time, she decided she would learn to build for voice. Her motivation: give voice to a subject dear to her heart and build an Alexa skill called Black History Everyday.