The African Students Association presented Africa Night Dec. 5, Saturday night at the Atwood Memorial Center in the ballroom from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The cost of the event was $10 each for everyone, which included the food that was served at 5 p.m. and the event itself. There was food laid out on the table available for everyone to get a taste of the culture’s food.
As it was getting close to 7 p.m., the lights began to dim and it was show time. Each dance that was being performed on stage represented a different country of the continent of Africa and each dance was different in its own way. To name a few, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Libya, South Sudan and South Africa were all countries that were on stage represented, performing dances.
As each group performed, members were wearing different pieces of clothing with unique patterns. Each clothing piece indicated where the group was from. The audience was seldom quiet as they cheered on those who was on the stage, showing their excitement for what the show had to offer.
The event also featured a fashion show in between acts. Male and female models walked on stage as they showed off clothing from Nigeria, Libya, Ethiopia and more. The clothing that was being showed was clothing that was also on sale to be purchased after the show.
There was also spoken word toward the end. Two poets from the cities joined the event as the MC introduced both the speakers. “Beauty” was one of the poems performed and the crowd cheered both on as each poet continue to performed. Rose was a poet that performed alone, and as she performed, Rose mixed a little of English and African in the poem. Her accent was strong and powerful, as she presented her poem about hate in America.
The music was one of the biggest parts of the event. There were flags all over the ballroom that represented each continent. There was also an after party that took place in the Atwood Cascade room from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., involving music and a dance floor.