Event to Show Glimpse of Africa March 13

African NightThe African Student Association at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host the third-annual African Night at 6 p.m. March 13, an event showcasing the culture and cuisine of Africa.


The theme of the event, which will take place in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, is “An African Expedition” and will feature an African dinner, a fashion show and a guest speaker.


Two musical groups will also showcase the rhythms and culture of Africa. The African Drum and Groove Ensemble, which consists of students from Mabelvale Elementary School, will perform choreographed drum numbers, and The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council and Hope Public Schools Drum Ballet will also perform percussion pieces as samplings of the myriad of rhythms in the repertoire of African music.


Shamim Okolloh, the coordinator for senior services and SNAP outreach at the Arkansas Food Bank and a native of Kenya, will serve as the guest speaker at the event, where she will discuss the power of economic empowerment in both Africa and America. Okolloh is an alumnus of the Clinton School of Public Service, a former collaborator to Heifer International, and founder of “Mimi Mwafrika,” a business that sells hand-crafted accessories made in Kenya.


Attendees will also enjoy an African dinner and fashion show, offering a taste of African cuisine and a glimpse at various articles of clothing from across the continent.


Seth Nwachokor, president of the African Students Association, said the night will offer attendees “an expedition into Africa.”


“African Night is an opportunity for us to display the cultural diversity on UAFS campus and dispel some of the misconceptions about Africa, while also providing our guests with a fun-filled experience,” Nwachokor said. “Everybody is invited to join us as we showcase some of the great attributes that Africa has to offer.”


Tickets are $10 for UAFS students and $20 for non-students. Tickets can be purchased in Vines 112 beginning March 2. For more information, contact Dr. Williams Yamkam at 479-788-7981 or williams.yamkam@uafs.edu or Nwachokor at 301-633-3253 or snwach00@g.uafs.edu


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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