USD celebrates African culture with ‘Coming to Africa’
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USD celebrates African culture with ‘Coming to Africa’

USD’s African Student Association (ASA) hosted its 4th annual African Night Celebration on April 3 in the MUC Ballroom.
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The celebration, focused on African culture, was titled “Coming to Africa.” It featured a Parade of Nations, in which the flags of African nations were presented through the room, along with traditional African dancing and musical performances and readings of Africa-themed poetry.

The African Night Celebration also featured a wide variety of traditional African foods, including moi moi (a type of bean cake), jambalaya, suya (a type of meat kabob), meat pies, vegetable soup and ginger juice.

In part, the purpose of the celebration is to help improve understanding of Africa among USD students, said Virginia Osueke, vice president of ASA.

African Night is “to educate the community and our students on what actually goes on in Africa,” Osueke said. “We wanted to showcase as much of Africa as we can.”

It took the work of roughly 50 people, divided into various committees, to bring this year’s celebration together, said ASA public relations representative Tene Bayala. The group had been planning for the celebration since January.

Bayala said that African Night is “our way to celebrate Africa,” and to bring it to those who may be unfamiliar with African cultures.

This year’s celebration had the benefit of better planning than that of last year, Bayala said.

“Compared to last year, this African night was very well-organized,” she said. ASA Secretary Monae Williams agreed, and said “it was very hectic last year.”

Osaka said that the celebration went well this year.

“It was a huge success, and we’re so proud of everyone,” she said.