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Umu Igbo Unite Experience & I have FANS!!

This past Saturday, I decided to head to the Umu Igbo Unite (UIU) Houston chapter meeting. It was a fantastic decision. I felt so welcomed, I felt at home!

They were so amazing. I was proud to be at Umu Igbo Unite, proud to be Igbo, proud that we were having frank discussions. I LOVED IT.

We talked about the book, All Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe and how we felt about it.  We also watched this YouTuber Wisecracks ThugNotes summary on All Things Fall Apart. Hilarious and accurate you must check it out!

Igbo Language Disappearing

We talked about how Igbo kids who are growing up in Nigeria are not learning Igbo (however can speak Yoruba fluently). We discussed how Igbo people raised in the States can barely understand let alone speak Igbo. I am currently (BUT not permanently) in this boat, I understand but I don’t speak 🙁  We also shared the regrets of our parents. Our parents who told us that they wished they made us learn Igbo as children and their fear that the Igbo language will die out with their generation.

Attending the Umu Igbo Unite Houston chapter meeting was an amazing experience because it reminded me why I decided to create Ivy Interviews Africa.

Learning Through Storytelling

I created this blog in an effort to connect with my Igbo/Nigerian/African culture. I am a storyteller, I enjoy telling stories and listening to stories. I am that incredibly curious/annoying friend that is always asking questions in order to paint a fuller picture of the situation.

If I want to learn something very quickly, I create an entire storyboard in my mind. I can close my eyes and drive deep into my memory and paint a vivid picture of anything. I create storyboards because that is the way that I break down complex issues.  That is how I can understand the world.  However, talking about Chinua Achebe at this Umu Igbo Unite meeting, reminded me of the real reason I learn best through stories. I come from an oral culture.

"Oral tradition consists of history, religious practices, cosmology, rituals, folktales, proverbs, riddles, games, songs, dance, magic, epic tales, myths and narratives ..The African incorporated the everyday rhythms of life into his expression...African traditions of communalism, respect for elders, rituals of life and death, child rearing practices and storytelling" are passed from generation to generation through storytelling.  

Quoted region from research paper titled Folktale as Material Resources For Movie Production in Nollywood Movies

Umu Igbo Unite Reminded Me

That is why I focus on African business interviews. My interviewees are telling me and you { I got readers y’all 🙂 } stories.  I am presenting useful relatable African stories that teach my audience, African business owners/entrepreneurs, much-needed business lessons. That’s it. That’s all I am doing.

I am a storyteller; Igbos are storytellers; Nigerians are storytellers; & Africans are storytellers. That is our past, present, and future and I was reminded of that at this Umu Igbo Unite event.

**The picture in blog post title is my first picture with my fans, I met people that read my blog, I met them in real life!!! Bananas, people who aren’t related to me read my stuff?? LOL**

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