When the word scientist comes to mind, often times the image that may pop in our head may not resemble that of a beautiful, educated black woman, but Eunice Cofie aims to help change that perception. As the President and Chief Cosmetic Chemist of Nuekie, Eunice has already begun to lay the building blocks of a soon-to-be empire in the world of science. After identifying the lack of pharmaceutical products made specifically for Black women, Eunice set out to combine her knowledge of traditional healing practices with her college education and experiences to create them for us. Through hard work and a commitment to see healthy skin on all women of color, this Ghanian beauty is on a mission to make sure our health and skincare needs are recognized.
Eunice’s love for science began at a young age, after she was introduced to it by her father during a difficult time in her childhood. “I was bullied a lot when in school. I would cry often, and I didn’t see myself being beautiful because of it. Girls would pull on my hair, and boys would spit on me while at the playground,” shares Eunice. “It was very traumatic for me, but I say that my father introducing me to science was one of the things that saved me because it saved my self-esteem.” By assisting Eunice with science projects and experiments, Eunice’s father helped her to build her knowledge and confidence to enter into science fairs while being recognized as one of the smartest individuals in her classroom.