African Students Association puts on annual culture show

The Daily Northwestern

About 70 students attended an African culture show at Norris University Center on Sunday night.

The 11th annual show, entitled “The Changing Face of Africa,” featured authentic African music, presentations about Africa and a fashion show with authentic African clothing. It started at 7 p.m., after an hour-long reception with African food.

The show is the main winter event of the African Students Association. Organizers, including ASA President Makda Fessahaye, have been planning the event since last quarter.

“I thought it went really well,” she said. “I was really happy with what went on.”

Fessahaye noted that the wet weather conditions may have reduced the attendance.

Students and local residents who attended the event said they were impressed by the entertainment provided by two Chicago dancing groups and a New York musical band, as well as the information about Africa’s history.

“It was really good,” Weinberg freshman Vanessa Lecky said of the event. “It was really informative and nice seeing all the different cultures and designs and styles.”

The highlight of the evening was the fashion show, which featured designs from Temi Ade, Fessahaye said.

She said she hoped the event raised awareness on campus about ASA.

“I hope this is a step in the right direction for people to know a little bit more about ASA and what we do,” she said.

– Staff report