The African Students Association at SDSU is hosting Africa Nite in the Volstorff Ballroom on Feb. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.
“We hope the night will change people’s view of Africa. We want them to know it is a small continent with the most natural resources,” said Derrick Okine, ASA president.
First, event participants will be served traditional dishes found in Kenya (kachumbari, chapatti, pilau and stew), Uganda (posho and cabbage salad), Ethiopia (special lintel soup), Zimbabwe (spinach with cream), Cameroon (roast beef), Nigeria (Jollof rice) and Ghana (waakye and beef stew), along with fruit cocktail and a sweet potato dessert.
A PowerPoint presentation will be given to show the rich and diverse cultural heritage and mineral resources. There will also be a performance by a group of African student dancers along with a parade of nations represented at SDSU and a fashion show of traditional African dress.
The ASA is expecting about 400 guests from South Dakota and will represent Africa’s true culture, music and cuisine.
“We hope this involvement will bring African unity,” said Okine. “We want people to know more about Africa and what they can get from the continent. This is a one stop shop for anyone interested in African culture, customs and traditions.”
Tickets can be obtained from the Information Exchange at The Union and from Liza at the SDSU Multicultural Center. The prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children ages 4 to 10 years.