Eunice Nuekie Cofie is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Chemist of Nuekie, an innovative health and beauty company for people of color. Eunice was inspired to establish Nuekie after one day in college when her organic chemistry lab professor decided to teach her class how to practically apply organic chemistry to our everyday lives. Her professor, who also owned a cosmetic company, taught Eunice and her classmates how to create lotions and hair relaxers. She was bitten by the creative bug and began working alongside my professor outside of class conducting research in cosmetic science. She realized that the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries lacked specialized health and beauty products for people of color. This was just the impetus that she needed to develop Nuekie. Her company has garnered many awards such as 2013 Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Start Up Business of the Year, 2013 Tallahassee/Leon County Technology Commercialization Grant award, and 2012 Access Florida Business Plan Competition.
Eunice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/molecular biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program. She has also completed the Kauffman Foundation FASTRAC Entrepreneurs Program for Scientists.
Before launching Nuekie, the FAMU graduate honed her talents in research and business in addressing health disparities in ethnic minority communities. Eunice served as the Assistant Coordinator at the Institute for African American Health where she managed the coordination of initiatives to eliminate the health disparities amongst African-Americans and minority populations through advocacy, education, research and improved clinical care. In this role, Eunice designed research and public health initiatives for an after-school program and pilot study on preventing obesity and diabetes prevention for children and adolescents and infant mortality. She led business development and strategic partnerships efforts with prominent academic, non-profit, and government organizations including the National Medical Association, Florida Department of Health, Florida A&M University, and Leon County Schools.
As the former Miss Black Florida USA, she spent a year promoting her platform Preventing Childhood Obesity and Diabetes through Education and Life Transforming Habits inspiring young people to live healthy lifestyles.
Eunice has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list, NewU Entrepreneurs/Ford Foundation Fellow, DiverseScholar National Association of Science Writers Diversity Travel Fellow, Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award, Young African Leaders in International Affairs Top 35 Under 35 in Science and Technology list, Scientific American’s “What a Scientist Looks Like” list, 2012 Golden A.C.E Science and Technology award winner, and Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know in Tallahassee”.
She is also the Founder of the I Am Not Excluded Project, the first-ever national public health campaign addressing skin cancer awareness in ethnic minority populations. She is a sought after expert in cosmetic science, ethnic dermatology, health disparities in people of color, and entrepreneurship. The entrepreneur legend-in-training has been featured on Essence.com and in Forbes, Madam Noire, Florida Trend, Tallahassee Woman, and Ghana Television. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.