Alumni Profiles

Nonnie Egbuna

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Clemmons, NC
High School: Parkland Magnet High School

I like to say that I am an artist before I am anything else. I have always loved to write; I started out writing novels and short stories, but I got into spoken word poetry the summer before my freshman year of high school and I have been obsessed with it ever since. My most recent artistic passion, however, is for filmmaking. Over the past two years, I wrote and co-directed my first feature film. This experience made me realize that I want to pursue a career in the movie industry (writing, directing, producing, etc.).

Beyond these things, I am a social justice activist with a particular focus on the progression of racial minorities and women. I strive to be a catalyst for positive change (whatever that means and wherever I go). Lastly, I love to shop, eat, watch New Girl, American Crime, and anything produced by Shonda Rhimes, and listen to Chance the Rapper.

What drew you to the Robertson Program?The simple answer to this question is that my mother drew me to the program. She told me about it during my sophomore year of high school, and it became a distant and unlikely dream. As I began to research the program more throughout my senior year, and after experiencing Finalist Weekend, I realized that the Robertson Program is so much more than a scholarship. It acknowledges that we are not only individuals with independent thoughts and actions, but also members of our societies and unique social groups who must be able to collaborate with others in order to reach our goals. The Program has a unique focus on long-term growth; it invests in students rather than simply throwing money at them.

Nonnie Egbuna