Afro Fusion 2019- All Female Line Up

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Third annual cultural dance event

Saturday, February 23rd (12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

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Join us for Afro-Fusion 2019, our . Afro/Brazilian dance classes for all levels hosted by Capoeira CDO North Bay, we aim to spread cultural awareness, to unify, empower, and enrich our community through the love of dance.

Confirmed guets:
Uzo Nwankpa– Nigerian Igbo Dance
Marta Santos — Afro Brazilian Dance
Sena Kugbega — West African Dance
CM Andrea — Capoeira Angola

Schedule:
Studio A
12:00 – 1:30 Nigerian Dance with Uzo
1:45 – 3:00 West African Dance with Senna

Studio B
12:00 – 1:30 Afro Brazilian Dance with Marta
1:45 – 3:00 Capoeira Angola with Andrea
3:15 – 4:15 Afro Fusion (Compilation Class with all teachers)
4:15 – 5:00 Drink/Snack/Talk

Mbongi Square 2017

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Mbongui Square Festival is an annual festival that celebrates the performing and visual arts. Organized by Kiandanda Dance Theater, the festival gathers dance, music, visual arts and spoken word artists of varied styles and artistic choices, from the Bay Area and across the world. What defines Mbongui Square Festival is interdisciplinary arts and multicultural community.

Trans.Mutation

Transmutation

Trans.mutation- An immigrants’ journey through consciousness

 An expression of self discovery uncovering the deep layers of internalized oppression, colonization and the complex contradictions of imposed social identities. Transmutation is expected to occur by unleashing the energies of epigenetic traumas inflicted through systems of oppression by transforming it.

Presented by Uzo Nkem Nwankpa featuring Solidarite Sympa

When: Sat Oct 28, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
Where: Private Residence 3530 W. Milton Rd Tucson, AZ 85746
Cost: $10-20 Donation.
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Uzo Nwankpa is from the Eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa. An Igbo woman following her call of duty passed on to her from a long line of ancestral healers. Since the age of 5, she has been dedicated to sharing the power of indigenous healing practices through the art of music and dance. As a performer, student and teacher, she has toured countries in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa. She is the founder of the Uzo Method Project – A Public Health Solution. This program was developed to enhance, restore and rejuvenate the health of communities across the globe.

Tope Ojeme chats with Uzo on Radio Nigeria- Nigerian Pride

Tune in to Radio Nigeria to listen to Uzo Nwankpa on the Nigeria pride program with Tope Ojeme.

Air time: May 2nd Tuesday 2:30pm Nigeria Time

(3:30 AM EST|6:30 AM PST| 7:30 AM MT)

Stream Live

Nigerian Pride-Radio Nigeria 

“A spotlight on Nigerians in the Diaspora who are living exemplary lives, thereby serving as worthy ambassadors of the Country” Radio Nigeria

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Pic: Uzo Nwankpa posing with The Uzo Method Project team in Enugu Nigeria

The Uzo Method Project in Nigeria

I (Uzo) have been in Africa for the past few months traveling through cities and countries  surveying the region for possible social and economic development opportunities. While in Enugu visiting my parents, every morning, I jog around the infamous Okpara Square in Independence Layout.

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To my pleasant surprise, there is a large number of people who come out to exercise. The park is closed to the public however, the people have been resilient through police raids, arrests, tear gas pollution and other attempts to remove them from public property. The motivated locals set up as early as 6am daily on side walks to conduct their fitness business.

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Rad Jogging club that uses live instruments as a “pod piper” to draw people in to jog with them 

They even use gravel filled recycled water bottles for weights and prayer mats for floor work. I approached Emeka, one of the fitness coaches and asked if he would be willing to share his group with me. I explained that I have numerous years of group fitness experience and would love to volunteer my time supporting motivated people in my hometown. He agreed to test it out. It has been 6 weeks now and the participants are enjoying themselves.

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Fitness Coach Emeka

One participant stated “I was attracted to this group because I have not yet seen a female coach around here”. This was exciting for me to see and observe her feedback. She was right. There were many independent groups (mostly women participants) led by men who they call sports coach but no female instructor in sight.

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The amazing team ” Rockstars” that allowed me to crash their training session 

We meet daily at 6:30am for an hour using AFAA standards. The format that I use is as follows

  • Warm up and stretch
  • Low impact, low intensity exercises
  • Low impact, high intensity exercises
  • High impact, high intensity exercises
  • High Impact, low intensity exercises
  • Low impact, low intensity exercises
  • Weight training and Floor Work
  • Cool down and stretch

The participants are also connected via the app “Whatsaap” to remind their friends to attend or to update the team on their progress.

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This positive experience with Enugutians has inspired me to move forward with my dream of expanding the Uzo Method Project into Africa.

I have been thinking about this for a while and I have decided to move forward with this burning desire.

The Uzo Method Project Nigeria 

Vision 

To promote wellness and prevent illness from a human ecology perspective. 

Mission

To create the opportunity for education using the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to stay healthy in the mind, body and spirit.

This project in the Nigerian region will focus on wellbeing using fitness, nutrition, the arts, indigenous practices and economic sustainability practices. We need to work at wellbeing at the individual, family, community and societal level. It takes the individual to spark the change needed but the environment has to be conducive and supportive to thrive.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this process, please contact Uzo at nwankpa@gmail.com for more details.

 

Post War Trauma- A time to heal

Osisioma Foundation Reunion

Post War Trauma- A time to heal     

The voice of an Igbo woman in the Diaspora

Speech presented by 

Guest Speaker – Uzo Nwankpa, MSN-PH, BSN, RN

The Osisioma Foundation is dedicated to the Economic, Social and Political Agenda that TOUCH LIVES.

Wednesday Mar 23rd 2016

@ Standard Plaza, Opposite Crunches

Onitsha- Enugu Express Way

Awka, Anambra State

Nigeria, West Africa

 

Love & Lan{d}guage- A fundraiser evening of community art, music and poetry 

 

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When:Saturday Jan 16th 6:30pm- 8:30pm Where: Bellamys Gallery495 Portobello Rd, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin New Zealand

Donation: $5.00

You are invited to attend the arts exhibition, poetry and music fundraiser at the Bellamys Gallery in Macandrew Bay.

Eventfinder link here

Come gain some insight on the behind the scenes of Dunedins very own 2015 recipient of the Caroline Plummer community dance fellowship. Sharing her paintings, music and poetry that captures her journey from Africa, to the Americas landing in Dunedin. This event includes various collaborations including Singer song writer Kira Hundelby, Bongo Lion, King Leo’s very own Stevie Rice, Wyeth Chalmers and more. The funds raised for the art sales will support Uzo’s journey to continue to research the effects of community music and dance on wellbeing.

Come prepared to make art and engage in co creation by the community.

For more information please contact Uzo at nwankpa@gmail.com

I am Here, We are Here- A Community performance by the 2015 Caroline Plummer Fellow

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I am Here, We are Here – A performance by the 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and the Dunedin community members. Directed by Jessica Paipeta Latton.

When: Wed 25 Nov 2015, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Allen Hall Theatre, 90 Union Street East, Dunedin

Tickets : http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/i-am-here-we-are-here/dunedin

Bringing African music and dance as mental, spiritual and physical medicine for wellbeing, Uzo Nwankpa works with community members to tackle the grief of postnatal isolation, depression and anxiety due to hormone changes and lack of support. With live music, text and choreography, I am Here, We are Here, is a tribal celebration of the power of motherhood, sisterhood, dance and community. Limited seating available. RSVP immediately by reserving a free ticket http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/i-am-here-we-are-here/dunedin

This is a part of the Moving Communities Conference on 25-28 November 2015 hosted by the School of Physical Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. For more information about the conference, visit www.otago.ac.nz/moving-communities/index.html