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...

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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