As part of efforts to promote and deepen understanding of African culture among young people, Academic City University College has organized a program called “Diversity Day”.
This year’s event, which is a student initiative, was themed “Breaking the Stereotype”. The one-day event aimed to celebrate and appreciate different African cultures and origins in a form of language, food, history, clothing, music, dance and literature, among others.
In addition, the event served as a platform to reflect on who we are, where we have come from and where we are heading as a continent.
As a university with around 50% of its students made up of non-Ghanaian citizens, Academic City believes that the promotion of the diverse cultures of the continent is essential to ensure unity among the peoples of Africa, which will contribute significantly to the development of the continent. continent.
Opening the event, Professor Fred McBagonluri remarked that “Diversity is more than just culture, regional affiliations, associations and linguistics. It is important to note that our thoughts or our view of the world are very critical when discussing diversity. It is their convergence that helps move society forward ”.
According to him, diversity serves as an anchor that connects people from different backgrounds, adding that if properly harnessed, it could be a celebration of the human race.
He further indicated that “diversity is also a pillar of openness in the sense that we are often held back from the confines of our culture. Being open to diversity means learning new things and also offers the opportunity to examine and reassess our own systems and prejudices ”.
Dr Ransford Antwi, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, identified diversity as essential to make the African continent a better place for all of the human race.
“As Africans, diversity is our main strength. Bringing together diverse backgrounds to share their ideas and experiences is essential to design appropriate solutions for development. We need to unite regardless of our culture or background to focus on building the continent as best we can, ”he noted.
The event was also attended by students from the Central University and allowed professors and students from both institutions to network.