Princess O. Okieme
Founder and Executive Producer
"Mental illness threatens the advancement of humanity as the root cause of
every societal problem.
We must take a stand and do something about this problem or mental illness will be our downfall”.
Possessing a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in clinical practice, Ms. Okieme is founder and executive producer of Puppy Water Entertainment. She is currently working in clinic with autistic children as well as with cognitively challenged adults. Her recent work has involved counseling veterans, immigrants, domestic abuse victims and parolees. Advising mothers on family dynamics is ongoing, which supports structure in the home and their children's development when communicating and instructing.
Prior to establishing Puppy Water Entertainment, Ms. Okieme held a variety of roles throughout New York City. Through her business wits along with a clinical approach to understanding, she assisted world leaders, congressional representatives and constituents to address pressing issues.
With a bachelors degree in management and international communications from Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, and a masters in clinical social work from Silver School of Social Work at New York University, Ms. Okieme understands what it takes to initiate and create from scratch successful productions that bring awareness, even solutions, to important issues. Coordinating the 8th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations to address the Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) is one such example. Assisting Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in sponsoring the Campus Save Act is another. The act helps to combat violence against women on college campuses as well as create a referral system, which enables non-profits and Congress to work together to address hunger, mental health, homelessness, veteran affairs, etc.
As a producer, Ms. Okieme believes that it is her duty to use her platform to bring awareness to mental health issues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, and around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide".
Ms. Okieme states, "After working with some very powerful people and those most vulnerable in the population, I have learned that mental illness threatens the advancement of humanity as the root cause of every societal problem. We must take a stand and do something about this problem or mental illness will be our downfall”.