What UIU Truly Represents – Mission Nomba Otu

April 13, 2015|Mary Nnene Okeiyi, RN, BSN Greetings UIU Family and Friends! Our registration numbers are off to a strong start and we’re literally 3 months away from our 11th Convention in UIU’s history! Chei, how time flies! Just last year we were kukere-ing, vibing with Phyno and KCee, jamming on the ones and twos with DJ Obie and E-Cool and laughing out loud with Nnamdi, Yvonne, Chief Obi, Foxy P and Chinedu. In all reality – #UIU2014 was a good year. So, as we gear up for #UIU2015 we wanted to share a little more with you about what we do and what UIU represents. Often times, our organization gets mistaken as purely a social event. While this may hold a lot of truth to it, Umu Igbo Unite offers so much more than that and we encourage you to look beyond what UIU has to offer socially. This year, in our 11th year of service to the Igbo-Nigerian community, there are some things we wanted to remind you all of what Umu Igbo Unite istruly about. This year, our theme – creatively derived from our AWESOME planning committee members, NEW GENERATION | NEW VIEWS | BUILDING BRIDGES TOGETHER will focus on the New Generation and New Views of young Igbo professionals and how we can use our resources, education, network, culture and experiences to help move Nigeria forward. In this regard – boy do we have a jam-packed weekend of planned events for you! Ultimately, the purpose of the Umu Igbo Unite Organization is to promote personal, cultural and professional growth amongst Nigerian Igbo Professionals. As such, one of...

Igbo Entrepreneur Under 30: COSIGN’s Esosa Ighodaro

April 6, 2015 | Michael Luchies We were so pleased and honored to have Esosa Ighodaro at #UIU2014 last year, the young under 30 entrepreneur taking the world by storm. Read Michael Luchie’s interview with one of our very own. The viral world we live in allows us to have nearly anything we want at our fingertips. Want to find out who starred in that movie you watched last night? Check IMDB. Who won the game last night? Check ESPN. What shoes is she wearing? This is where COSIGN hopes to be your go-to answer. Inspired by trying to find the product information of a pair of shoes in a commercial, Esosa Ighodaro and Abiodun Johnson started COSIGN. After searching for information online about the shoes, the co-founders realized that hundreds of other people were actively trying to find the information, but that information was not easily accessible. The manufacturers of the shoes would want the product information available, but there was no incentive for the advertiser to share details about the shoes because they were not the featured item in the ad. COSIGN is a social-based business that allows people to easily tag and find product information within a picture, making a post “shoppable” and allowing the tagger to earn commission if a sale is made from the post. After coming up with the initial idea, the pair worked on putting the legal structure of the business in place and started working on creating the MVP (minimum viable product) version of the app. To get the business off the ground, capital was needed in order to develop the...

The Experience Series: ATLANTA #UIU 2014, "Heeding the Call"

March 13, 2015|By Dr. C. Frank Igwe (Philadelphia, PA) UIU 2014 was my third go ‘round, so I guess you can call me a veteran at this point.  Each time it gets better, and I learn a little bit more about the culture, while appreciating just how sacred it is to have shared ancestry with a thousand other attendees, whose forefathers may have gathered for community festivities hundreds or thousands of years ago…much like their descendants do every year at UIU.  There is something comforting about being around people who can correctly pronounce my name, Chukwudi Igwe, or know the ancient, and yet familiar call and response: “IGBO KWENU!!!!” “YAAAA!!!” From the moment that Yours Truly hopped off the plane, it was like a reunion, as I hugged and laughed with those that I had met at the conference in previous years, and made friends with those that were attending for the first time.  It gave me a chance to practice my spotty Igbo with the fellas… “Nwanne!  Kedu?” ..and with the ladies “Omalicha nwa!” My Igbo goes downhill for there (Don’t judge me).  Numbers exchanged, expectations declared, and the fire lit, as we looked forward to whatever the weekend held. UIU 2014 began slightly differently than years past, as we were treated to a comedy show with 4 hilarious comedians that honestly brought the house down! If you were there, then you KNOW what I’m talking about. Everyone looked fly, the room was packed, with no seats in sight. NaMo Skee is still the funniest host to do it (I swear, when I get married, I’m forcing him...

International Women's Day – UIU Recognizes DAMBISA MOYO, International Economist

March 8, 2015 In celebration of International Women’s Day, Umu Igbo Unite would like to recognize Dambisa Moyo, International Economist. From TED Talks to keynote speeches, the Zambian economist can’t help but continue the conversation about Africa and our global economy. Moyo is best known for her highly controversial book, Dead Aid, which criticizes Western aid interventions in Africa. Bill Gates and others have criticized this book openly and in 2013 there were several public opinionsregarding her book. Named by TIME MAGAZINE as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and as a recipient of theFriedich von Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award, we cannot help but notice and recoginze this woman on the rise. To learn more, read about the biography of Dr. Dambisa...
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