Incoming ASA President Kweku Ashiagbor ’23 accepted. “We wanted to push it to a new normal. Everyone was eager to see what we had in store.
To celebrate this year’s “Kingdoms of Africa” theme, participants were encouraged to wear formal African attire representing various African cultures. Host and comedian Young Prince hosted the event, which included performances by musicians Rema and Prince Lucas, the Afrodites UMass dance group, the Afro Caribbean Dance Group, the Comedy Dr and the poet Amanda Shea. A fashion show from Omo Studios and music from DJ Wonka added energy to the evening. African cuisine was served by the Anokye Krom restaurant.
Hassan says he was amazed to “see our vision come to life. A gala of this magnitude has never been hosted by students before and it was exciting to see what is possible when students are given the resources to create a vision.
Student event leaders spent nearly six months on logistics, including contacting booking agencies, marketing the event to the community, and planning a menu.
Ashiagbor’s “wow” moment of the night happened during Rema’s performance. “I was there watching the crowd and everything that was going on, and I realized that we had done it really well. It shows what happens when students of color are given the tools to show what we can. do and what we have to offer.