Danielle Udogaranya – best known as Ebonix – is a content creator, speaker, Twitch Ambassador, DE&I Games Consultant and self-taught 3D artist.
Fuelled by a frustration with the lack of diversity and representation in games such as The Sims 4, she decided to take matters into her own hands by teaching herself 3D modelling and creating hair, clothes and accessories that she felt represented her. Her content quickly struck a chord with others in the gaming community, and led to Danielle working directly with The Sims on the addition of over 100 skintones, afro hair, and nails. Her designs have ushered in a generational change for new and seasoned Simmers, giving everyone the option to create a Sim who looks like them.
Through her gaming mods and content creation projects, Udogaranya has since become an advocate for diversity and representation in gaming and has been featured on Apple, BBC, Vice, The Verge, The Guardian, and many more. She was the first Black British femme to be a Twitch Partner in 2020, and she went on to co-found Black Twitch UK, a platform established to uplift and spotlight Black British streamers. This led to the formation of the first Black focused Stream Team on Twitch in the UK.
Danielle’s mission is to advocate, create space and generate greater positive representation for black, POC, women, femmes and non-men in the gaming space. Representation is at the heart of her work, and the driving force behind a majority of campaigns she has worked on, as well as providing DE&I consultations with gaming and non-gaming brands on their gaming campaigns and games studios on their character designs.
Danielle actively advocates for mental health and is transparent about her own mental health journey and experiences to break the stigma of speaking out and “toxic positivity”. She curates safe spaces for her community to discuss mental health, and uses her livestreams at times as a forum to discuss mental health!
Fun fact; Danielle’s birthday falls on 10th October – World Mental Health Day and the anniversary of SIOW!