The Wedding Week by Chimaechi Allan | A showcase of wedding traditions throughout Nigeria and around the world.

Ọ fọrọ nanị ụbọchị asaa tupu agbamakwụkwọ Ayo! Femi na Kemi nwere oke obi aṅụrị ịhụ nwanna ha. Mana kedụ ihe ọzọ ha ga eme na agbamakwụkwọ ahụ? Ụbọchị ọbụla, Femi, Kemi na Geko bụ ngwere na amụta ihe ohụụ na-eme na agbamakwụkwọ, ma na Naijiria ya na ụwa niile gburugburu. There are only seven days to go until Ayo’s traditional wedding! Femi and Kemi are so excited to see their cousin. But what else will they do at the wedding? Each day, Femi, Kemi and Geko the Lizard learn a new thing that happens at traditional weddings, both in Nigeria and around the world. Includes / Ihe so n’akwụkwọ: Extra information about each culture / Ihe gbasara omenaala niile Days of the week / Ụbọchị dị n’izuka Counting / Mgbakọ The moral of patience / Uru ndidi New vocabulary in two languages / Mkpuruokwu n’ọnụ asụsụ abụọ Age / Maka afọ 4+ Available in English, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba Ọ dị na Bekee, Awụsa, Igbo na Yoroba Get The Wedding Week eBook or paperback from iTunes or Amazon 10% of profits from US sales of The Wedding Week this summer will go to the UIU Nationwide Bookdrive. @KioGlobal is an Igbo-run publisher, started when its founder, Chimaechi Allan, saw NO black children or African languages on the books in a Lagos bookstore! Her first children’s book, The Wedding Week is a gorgeous showcase of wedding traditions throughout Nigeria and around the world. Get your print or digital copy of The Wedding Week in Igbo from Amazon.com now! To purchase Chimaechi’s book, please click here.  Umu Igbo Unite is dedicated to supporting Igbo-owned...

10 Websites to Find the Best Local Business Networking Events

May 1, 2015|Bradley Will In college, my instructors told me networking was the key to success.  In business, my mentors told me “your network equals your net worth.”  To be honest with you, until recently, I did not enjoy going to business networking events.  It was because I was so sick of giving people the same old sales pitch.  I just could not get past seeing every person I met as a dollar sign instead of their true unique value.  Once I truly understood that this is not a game of just shaking hands, but building relationships, I started having a blast. Now, I recommend every young entrepreneur attend minimum one networking event per week.  Whether it is a sales presentation, after hours social, or some type of seminar, you have the chance to meet great business minded people face-to-face.  While online social networking has brought a whole new dynamic to building relationships, it is still missing the high touch interaction which can never be replaced. If you just set a goal of going to one event a week and connecting with 10 people per event, you have personally grown your network by 520 people over the course of a year.  That may seem minuscule with all the emphasis on hoarding friends and followers through social networking, but just try and name 520 personal business contacts that you have made, let alone 260 connections.  Many people forget we do business with people and not virtual replications. Many of us will be spending much more time in front of the computer screen as social media becomes more relevant.  We must...

With Jay Z’s Cousin In Nigeria For Roc Nation; What’s The Plan?

April 27, 2015|Aribaba with Jaguda.com The Nigerian entertainment scene got a jolt of excitement after Jay Z confirmed on twitter that his cousin, Briant ‘Bee-High’ Biggs (who is Director of Mobile Strategies at Roc Nation) is in Nigeria scouting for talent for Roc Nation. With Jay Electronica in Nigeria over the past few weeks,  working with the likes of Don Jazzy, it’s hard to argue against the fact that Roc Nation does have heavy interests in the Nigerian market. Word on the street is that there is about to be a Roc Nation West Africa, by extension we’re guessing we could see a Tidal presence in Nigeria. So now comes the big question; What’s The Plan? We’ve seen this before right? Akon and Konvict Music came through, so did Kanye West’s GOOD Music, and a few others, but so far, there hasn’t been any major shift in the landscape of the music business in Nigeria. Now why will this move by Roc Nation and/or Tidal be any different from the rest? I’m curious to know; Is this a move to sign up the hottest stars in Nigeria, and have the Roc Nation brand linked with them while making the quick easy X%? Is there going to be a genuine search for undiscovered talent, and spend the time and energy nurturing them to global stars? Or will it be the usual ‘XYZ big name act’ signs with Roc Nation, and take pics etc? Have they surveyed the digital and physical distribution angle of the Nigerian market? How many people will realistically pay more than N150 for an album? What’s the...

The Experience Series: ATLANTA #UIU 2014, "My First UIU Experience"

April 26, 2015|Colin Chidi Okoye, Esq. (Jacksonville, FL) SOCIAL EXPERIENCE What did you enjoy? I enjoyed all of the workshops and the evening events. The comedy show was a huge highlight of the weekend. The laughter on the first night definitely set the tone for the weekend. What didn’t you enjoy? There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t enjoy. However, I would like to see more people engaged during the gala. There was a moment when we were giving a tribute to a gentlemen who recently passed and I would have liked everyone to be more respectful by limiting the noise. Did you make new friends, contacts? Yes, I’ve made quite a few contacts, with whom I still keep in touch with. How did UIU make/break the social experience? They made the social experience by centering most activities on engaging with each other. I felt like every event was an opportunity to meet someone new. From down time in the lobby, to sitting at the table during the gala. Did UIU fulfill its mission with regards to supporting this experience? They put a big emphasis on promoting the Igbo culture with an educational piece in almost every event. I took something from each one. CULTURAL EXPERIENCE What did you enjoy? I enjoyed all of the cultural activities, but I really appreciated, “the breaking of the kola nut” session. That was very important to me, especially being an Igbo man. Ironically I used that experience recently during my sister’s engagement. What didn’t you enjoy? I enjoyed everything. Did you learn anything new about our culture or was anything reinforced? Many things were reinforced, and as I stated earlier, I learned...

IROKOTV HAS ANNOUNCED IT IS PROVIDING CONTENT FOR NETFLIX’S AFRICAN SECTION

April 15, 2015|Olumuyiwa Coker with TECHCABAL iROKOtv has announced a deal with US-based on-demand internet streaming media, Netflix, that will allow the latter to curate African movies on its streaming service. Jason Njoku, iROKOtv’s CEO revealed earlier today that the deal was reached last year December after months of negotiations to support the launch of Netflix’s dedicated African section. “Obviously with 57m subscribers globally, working with Netflix is a great first step to widening or at least improving the visibility of Nollywood. Which again is super important to us at iROKO,” Jason said. This is the latest in iROKOtv’s partnerships with players in content distribution space. iROKOtv announced a deal with payTV operator, StarTimes over the weekend that will see the SVODnetwork launch two linear channels, iROKO Play and iROKO Plus, on the paytv platform. In his latest announcement, Jason emphasized that iROKOtv’s focus for now is on streamlining content distribution via Android, using super encoded and compressed downloads in...
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