The African Student Association at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host the first UAFS African Night on April 11 -- a social event featuring a performance by a renowned African dance group and a talk by an African cardiologist in Fort Smith.
The event, which begins at 5:45 p.m. in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, also includes a fashion show, a local choir group and a dinner. Tickets, which are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 years old and younger, can be purchased from Dr. Williams Yamkam, assistant professor of political science, room 134 of the Gardner Building, or Nichelle Christian, director of the UAFS Testing Center, room 205 of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. Admission is limited to only 100 guests.
Guest speaker is Dr. Abdul-Nasser Adjei, a board certified interventional cardiologist at Sparks Health System who is also board certified in nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine. Dr. Adjei, who is the first physician in the region to offer transradial cardiac catheterization (cardiac CT) is originally from Ghana and graduated from medical school in Ankara, Turkey, in 1995.
He completed his internship and residency at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center, New York, before completing his cardiology fellowship at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center and Affiliate Hospitals, Brooklyn. He also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital, N.Y.
Performing at the event will be Afrique Aya Dance Company, made up of dancers and drummers from Fayetteville. Afrique Aya, which offers performances, workshops and residencies in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the United States, presents the music and culture of West Africa.
Entertainment for the evening will also include a performance by “Rated PG (Rated - Praise God), a performing arts/community service group directed by Anita Smith Brown. The group, which will perform gospel medleys, is comprised of youth and adults from Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Van Buren, Alma and Eastern Oklahoma.
A.S.A. president Rasila Soumana, a junior biology major and UAFS student from Niger, said the evening’s activities will be full of variety.
“You can expect a night of pure enjoyment as we take you through a journey of Africa with fashion, dance, music and storytelling,” Soumana said.
She added that African Night will be an opportunity for A.S.A. to enhance cultural diversity on the UAFS campus through the showcasing of certain features of the African culture.
“The campus community and area citizens are encouraged to attend this grand premiere on our campus,” she said. “Individuals from every walk of life are encouraged to join us to
promote diversity and discover the best things about Africa -- the joy of its people.”