I am humbled and privileged to share this space with the scholars included in this volume. Thank you for your patience and trust. I am in gratitude to God for this tremendous opportunity and to my ancestors for the gift of their knowledge. I thank my elder and mentor George Sefa Dei for his guidance. Without the support and love of my mother and husband, this work would not have been possible. I can’t thank them enough for the countless ways they have supported me. I am indebted to them for showing me patience and love at each step of the way to motivate me to stay committed and true to my goals.