This year’s conference theme is “Let Them See Us / Ka Ha Hu Anyi”. This was selected in light of the pandemic affecting the black race more than any other racial demographic, the continued racial injustice happening across the globe, and social issues that affect Igbo families; whether in the diaspora or in Nigeria. Our theme encompasses all that has taken place in our communities since the beginning of 2020, and serves as an opportunity to show the world our drive, our resilience, our intelligence, and our excellence, despite our ever-present hardships.
The FREE one-day conference will address three crucial areas of civic engagement in our community: business and economic empowerment, culture and community, and technology and innovation. This year is UIU’s opportunity to provide a virtual space for attendees to remotely connect with peers and speakers in a unique and dynamic way. We hope you’ll join us for this important event. There will also be an opportunity to give back to our Igboland project through our UIUCares program and the Speed Dating conference element. For sponsorship or digital vendor inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday – August 8th, 2020
|Networking Open House Virtual||9:00AM – 9:30AM|
|Wellness Matters: A Mental Health Feature||9:30AM – 10:00AM|
|Such A Time As This: Current Issues Facing Igbos and Our Nation, Nigeria||10:15AM – 11:45AM|
|UIUConnects Pre-Launch||12:00PM – 12:30PM|
|Biafra 50 Years On: A Conversation on The Future of Nigeria||1:00PM – 2:30PM|
|Lead2020: The Igbo Business Leader’s Guide to Thriving in This Decade||2:45PM – 4:15PM|
|Such A Time As This: Current Issues Facing Igbos and Black America||4:30PM – 6:00PM|
|Joy First: A Virtual Speed Dating Event (Private – Participants, please see email)||6:30PM – 7:30PM|
|Battle of the D.J.’s (UIU IG Live – @umuigbounite)||8:00PM – 11:00PM|
a mental health feature
This session will feature mental health expert Dr. Peace Amadi as she shares tools, techniques and strategies on how to manage your mental health and your well-being.
such a time as this
current issues facing igbos and our nation, nigeria
Panelists will discuss a variety of current events affecting not just Igbos, but also the nation; including the presence of Fulani herdsmen in Igbo land, the Nigerian rape culture, and the modern Igbo statecraft and geopolitics of national survival in a multiethnic Nigeria. (Click to read more)
biafra 50 years on
a conversation on the future of igbo people
This panel will feature the legend that is Lady Onyeka Onwenu and Dr. Kingsley Moghalu as they share their thoughts on where Igbo people are today and what its future holds. (Click to read more)
the igbo business leader’s guide to thriving in this decade
Presenting a panel of successful Igbo business minds from various industries, who through personal experiences will share what it takes to succeed in the 2020s. (Click to read more)
such a time as this
current issues facing igbos and black america
Panelists will discuss racial injustice in the United states and how Igbos in the
Diaspora can help educate, influence and push the needle toward equality for all people of color. (Click to read more)
a virtual speed dating event
In the backdrop of such a trying time, we could all use some genuine, positive connection and companionship. Give yourself a break from the stresses of society, politics, and work, and delight in some “me” time. There is much to be said about allowing yourself to find, feel, and spread joy. Whether you’re making a new friend, or meeting the love of your life, there is joy in that. And not only is joy the fuel that keeps us going, it is our peaceful protest against the chains that dare subdue us. Put you first today and join our speed dating session. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the UIUCares Covid Relief Fund.
battle of the d.j.’s
Battle of the D.J.’s – The baddest and flyest Igbo disc jockeys of today will be spinning the hottest Afrobeats records in the Battle of the D.J.’s bringing us a body swaying, foot thumpin’, hip gyrating musical extravaganza. The D.J. challenge will culminate in the crowning of the best D.J., that will amass bragging rights and two complimentary tickets to the UIU 2021 National Convention in Houston, Texas!