Divinity Matovu (Barkley)
2006 Miss Black & Gold Winner
So-Cal District Winner
Western Region Miss Gold (1st Runner up)
University of Southern California
BA 2008 Political Science
Divinity is an honors graduate of the University of Southern California and the School for International Training World Learning Program. She holds degrees in Political Science and African Studies and has had the privilege of studying in the United States of America, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
After having a transformative experience while studying in East Africa as a college senior, Divinity decided to follow her passion for education, youth empowerment, human rights, gender equity and African culture by co-founding the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda.
From 2008 – 2011, Divinity served as AGYA’s Executive Director. In this role, Divinity guided the organization’s long-term strategy to achieve our mission of creating safe, supportive, sustainable learning environments where urban African youth can develop leadership skills and express themselves creatively. She also managed implementation of AGYA’s core arts and education programs and special projects which have impacted more than 2,000 youth living in urban poverty in Uganda. She has secured funding and other support from donors like the the United Nations Habitat Urban Youth Fund, Clinton Global Initiative University, and DoSomething.org.
In 2010, Divinity was an honoree at Glamour Magazine’s Annual Woman of the Year Awards where she was featured as one of 20 Amazing Women in Their 20′s Who Are Already Changing The World. Divinity was a top 15 Finalist for the 2010 DoSomething Award, a $100,000 grant for the nation’s top social entrepreneurs under age 25. In addition to her work as a social entrepreneur, Divinity has been awarded for her scholarship on the study of hip-hop youth culture in Africa. She also authored a chapter on “Authentic Leadership” in Just BE Cause, an e-book about social entrepreneurship which was released in Fall 2013.
Divinity currently lives in Los Angeles and serves as Director of Operations & Administration for a prestigious Beverly Hills law firm. Divinity also works as a freelance private consultant on various youth development projects in both Africa and the United States. She also volunteers on the Board of a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment of teen girls in the Greater Los Angeles and Metro Atlanta areas.