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)

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“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

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau

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NAU MAI HAERE MAI KI TE HUI A NGA MAIA KI TAMAKI MAKAURAU 

KAUPAPA FOR OUR NEXT HUI 

WHERE: NZCOM Auckland Region Resource Centre,

Yarnton House, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

WHEN: Wednesday 9th December 2015, 1800 – 2130 

1800 – 1930 

Committee meeting and regional business hui

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau members welcome

1930 – 2130 

Regional hui and guest speaker presentation

All midwives, students and whānau welcome

Christmas Hui – Highlights of 2015, looking forward to 2016 and special end of year Guest Speaker 

UZO NWANKPA 

MSN-PH, BSN, RN and 2015 Caroline Plummer Fellow 

“The Uzo Method for Therapeutic Movement, Song and Dance”

Please bring a plate of kai to share

Enquiries to

Megan Tahere: 027 3669358 or Kaniwa Kupenga: 021 02891937

Maternal and Child Wellbeing Through Music and Dance- A Day Workshop

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Hosted by Auckland University of Technology, Centre for Child Health Research 

Presented by Uzo Nwankpa MSN-PH, BSN, RN

When: 9am-4pm Thursday Dec 3rd, 2015

Where: AUT South Campus MD, 210

This full day seminar is a day of music, dance, research findings and shared conversations about how healthcare providers can help support the wellbeing of new mothers, babies and families during the prenatal and postnatal phases of life.

Manukau Campus is situated at 640, Great South Road, Manukau. Only metresaway from the Southern Motorway and a 5 minute walk to Manukau CBD.

Due to limited number of participants –first come first serve basis: Required RSVP amor.hirao@aut.ac.nz (09) 921-9999 ext7790

CCHR Workshop F3

 

 

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

Maternal-Child Community Dance Research Project- A conversation with Healthcare Providers 

Calling all Healthcare Providers in Dunedin New Zealand  that support pregnant women, childbirth and postnatal care to this conversation/presentation.  What do you think about wellbeing and community music and dance facilitated by a healthcare provider?

Come join the conversation with the 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo, a community health nurse. This is a part of a research project at the University of Otago School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

When:October 14, 2015 1:30pm-2:30pm

Where: Queen Mary Maternity Centre Dunedin

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