Pattie Welek Hall welcomes Nigerian-born Jacqueline Maduneme. Jacqueline is the author of Ada’s Daughter, her memoir of abuse and incest at the hands of her father, her attempted suicide, and her path to salvation and, ultimately, success. It begins in Igboland in Eastern Nigeria, where Maduneme's father was prime minister of their village, second in command to the king, or igwe. The story follows her as she moves through life seeking love and redemption.
Jacqueline was a successful CPA and international tax lawyer (although she no longer practices). Today, she is a writer, motivational speaker, cultural enthusiast and entrepreneur.
Jacqueline moved to the U.S. in 1985 to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, graduating in 1988 at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She later attained a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1997 and an LL.M. in International Tax from New York University School of Law in 1998. Jacqueline went on to hold senior positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Citigroup.
She is the mother of three young adult sons, and after traveling and living all over the world, now lives with her fiancé in Charleston, South Carolina. Jacqueline is also an adjunct faculty member at Charleston School of Law, founder and executive director of Charleston African Film festival and is currently working on her second book.