Afro Urban Society (Nkeiruka Oruche)

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Nkeiruka Oruche is a cultural organizer, producer, and multidisciplinary performer of Igbo descent, who specializes in Afro-Urban culture and its intersections with personal identity, public wealth, and sociopolitical action. Since 2002, Nkeiruka has played a crucial role in ushering African culture onto the global stage from working as Editor-in-Chief of the digital magazine and as co-founder of the art collective One3snapshot.

Currently, Nkeiruka is focused on expanding and sustaining grassroots change-making and community health through the production, performance, and embodiment of art and culture. She is a co-founder of BoomShake, a social justice and music education organization, and Executive Artistic Director of Afro Urban Society, an incubator and presenter of Afro Urban performing and visual arts, culture, media, and social discourse.