Show out for Africa Week!

The African Student Association’s annual Africa Week has kicked off with the fun-filled Capture your Culture photoshoot! This was an opportunity for all students on campus to come dressed in their best attire and represent their roots. All cultures were welcome to the event with the intention to capture the diversity of UW-Madison through photography. This event was held in the Black Box located in Sellery Residence Hall.

This is ASA’s second year hosting a cultural photoshoot as a part of Africa Week, with plans of making it an annual tradition. Attendee Jared Biddle expresses why he thought the photoshoot was important for students to be a part of: “I thought it allowed students to be able to represent their culture in an outlet that was positive.” Apart from the various cultural clothes and flags that students brought to the photoshoot, the African Student Association provided gently used clothing items and flags for the community to share. The photo session brought an uplifting atmosphere and an opportunity for students to enjoy each other’s cultural differences and similarities.

Oyinda Fawole, co-president of the African Student Association, spoke on how this year’s Africa Week will differ from former African Weeks: “This year we have higher expectations…I think ASA started off stronger than in the previous years. We’re trying to really get members more involved and get other people to participate and join in on the activities.”

The events this week are in no way exclusively for African identifying students. Oyinda states that it is important to “see the diversity of Africa and of Africans and to see that we come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and get a taste of the culture.” Speaking of taste, Jared also shared that the event he’s most looking forward to this week is Taste of Africa: “I’m excited to try the delicacies of African cuisine”.

Expect an eventful rest of the week from ASA and be ready to celebrate the diversity of Africa!

Tuesday: the “Taste of Africa” event will be held at the Witte CCE and will be offering free food from various parts of Africa as well as engaging conversations. The event begins at 7pm, don’t plan on running on African time because food runs out fast!

Wednesday: de-stressful painting at Memorial Union Wheelhouse Studio, this is free to the public and runs from 7pm to 9pm.

Thursday: work up a sweat with ASA dance team as they give an Afro-Zumba workshop. Come comfortably dressed to Varsity Hall at Union South and prepare yourself to dance to African and Caribbean music from 7pm to 9pm.

Friday: ASA is accepting winter necessities and donations to be given to Porchlight. Drop off donations and supplies such as hats, gloves, and scarves at the Chadbourne lobby from 6pm to 8pm. Donations can also be dropped off all week long.

ASA groupWhether you’re attending just one or all of ASA’s lively events, you’ll be sure to learn a lot and have good time!

Damitu, born in Minneapolis and raised in Madison, is a current freshman double majoring in International Studies and Political Science with a certificate in African Studies. Her passions include social justice, the African diaspora, writing, and Beyoncé. Damitu believes that through unity, black students can overcome any barrier.

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