For many, Moscow is an oasis–a haven where you may encounter people from all backgrounds, beliefs and walks of life.
According to the College Board, there are approximately 100 students of African heritage at the University of Idaho, making up about 1% of our student body. Our African students come to Moscow from all regions of Africa.
On the Oct 12, students will have the chance to see Africa up close and in the spotlight with the much-anticipated cultural showcase, Africa Night.
Africa Night, an annual event hosted by the African Students Association, is intended to be educational as well as fun, according to ASA president Ebenezer Jones-Mensah.
This year’s theme is Afrika Yangu, or “My Africa,” in English. Attendees can expect traditional African cuisine, music and dancing, fashion, and more.
“You get a fair idea of what Africa is without having to travel to Africa,” said Jones-Mensah. “You understand more than just reading. It’s fun, seeing all the people (put) a smile on their face.”
Jones-Mensah, a grad student from Ghana, has been MC at Africa Night for the past two years. He said he loves getting the crowd excited about something he’s so passionate about. After an overwhelming turnout last year, he said he is optimistic about Africa Night 2013.
“Africa Night is something [students] don’t want to miss,” Jones-Mensah says. “We are all passionate about sharing our culture, and we want [students] to love Africa Night, and come to Africa Night. We promise them a most exciting night.”
Africa Night 2013 will take place at 5 p.m., Oct 12, in the UI SUB Ballroom. For tickets, contact Ebenezer Jones-Mensah at 208-596-9398. Admittance is $10.
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