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Are you ready for one of the biggest nights in LA? Come dressed to impress to celebrate a night of African culture and excellence as we host our 2nd annual Ball. Be prepared to enjoy a variety of curated performances in drama, music, dance, Igbo masquerades, and more. Feast on an impressive selection of Nigerian gourmet dishes as you surround yourself with special guests and our 'Excellence in Achievement' award winners.​ 

This upscale event is being hosted by LA's very own, ChidiThaMC!

Attire: Traditional African/Cocktail


Cap the evening with an after party sure to make you dance the night away. Get ready for DJ Tomi Tribe, who will be in full effect spinning the latest and hottest Afrobeats for both the Ball & after party. It's going down!


'Ije' means journey, while 'Awele' means favor, blessings, and prosperity. It also means good luck in the Igbo language. With the migration of Igbos to different parts of the world, our culture dictates that we never forget where we come from. The ties that bind Igbos to our ancestral lands are strong, and we pay tribute to these bonds with the theme of this year’s Ball: Ije Awele: An African Odyssey. No matter how far we venture, or how long we are away, our pride in who we are as Igbos in the diaspora will live on now and for generations to come.

The Culture and

Excellence Ball Weekend

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Culture & Excellence Ball

Awards and Nominations

Want to win a free ticket to the Ball?

Nominate someone for our Ball awards to enter the raffle!



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Anyone can submit a nomination for this award

Only UIU-LA members can submit a nomination for this award


50% of Ball proceeds go towards the 2019 UIU-LA Feeding The Future mission trip to Eastern Nigeria. 


Last year we had the privilege of giving back to the Beluonwu Memorial Orphanage in Nimo, Anambra State. In partnership with Ugo Mozie’s non-profit organization We Are New Africa (WANA), UIU-LA was able to provide food, toiletries, fans, freezers and essential items to over 50 children less than 4 years of age. This contributed to over a month of meals, food storage, etc. for the orphanage. In addition, UIU-LA chapter members and others, were even able to design and install a sign for the orphanage. 


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Umu Igbo Unite is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that consists of a wide range of professionals of Nigerian Igbo heritage who reside in the United States. UIU-LA is the largest network of young Nigerian Igbo professionals in the LA area.

Donate towards the 2019 Feeding the Future campaign. Donations are eligible for tax exemption.

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