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Adeyela Albury Bennett

Iyabeji Adeyela Bennett is President and CEO of Women in Training, Inc., a youth empowerment organization that advocates for menstrual equity. She has led the nonprofit into an internationally recognized organization for passage of legislation to help end period poverty in Alabama. In 2024, Alabama Media Group named Adeyela among Women Who Shape the State.

Adeyela Albury Bennett is the author of Only the Strong Survive: A Womanist Journey. The anthology is a tribute to goddesses and ordinary women who survived tremendous obstacles to leave indelible marks on history. She gathered stories about these women during her childhood in the Bahamas and 2000 pilgrimage to Nigeria, where she was crowned with the traditional chieftaincy title, Iyalaje Obatala. Adeyela has also studied traditional cultures in Ghana and Mexico, and was a member of the Ausar-Auset Society pan-African spiritual organization in Washington, D.C. In Miami, she managed and studied with the Institute for Yoruba Diaspora Studies. Adeyela lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for five years, from 2010 to 2015.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Florida International University in 1985, and is an alumni of the University of Florida and Howard University. As the mother of four fabulous daughters, Nuola and Moremi Akinde, and twins, Breanna and Brooke Bennett, she uses the Yoruba honorific “Iyabeji,” Mother of Twins. Her brilliant grandchildren are Akinwale, Eniafe and Iwa. Adeyela is married to Bradley Bennett, the editorial director of a leading civil rights organization.