The Lindenwood community will have the chance to explore the rich culture of the African continent on Friday, April 22.
The Residence Hall Association is hosting an “Afro Night” event from 7-9 p.m. at the Evans Dining Hall on Friday. Students and the whole Lindenwood community will be able to celebrate and discover Africa.
Event organizers Chiedza Muchena, Njabulo Shabangu and Sihlelelwe (Joy) Dlamini explained how the event came about.
“We decided to plant this [event] because we wanted all students to learn more about the African continent,” Muchena said. “People think Africa is this mysterious jungle [and] that we live with animals… It is an event where we learn what Africa is really about.
Afro Friday is an evening where students can educate others and explore African identity and go into the details of what has shaped African identity.
“People should come because we will have lots of traditional African food, dancing and prizes,” Dlamini said.
Afro Friday offers its attendees an interactive and educational program for all who come. Activities such as Kahoot, presentations on different cultures, dance classes, national cuisine, performances and speeches will be at the event. Muchena and Shabangu said the event is for anyone interested in African culture.
“I think the event is for everyone. More so, I think, [the event is] for Africans because being in an American university you assimilate a lot to American culture, American jargon and slang. But being around other Africans on campus helps us feel much more comfortable,” Shabangu said. Being in a prominent environment in Africa will help other people see what Africans are really like.
Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m.