African Heritage Festival Returns to CSS

Allissah Jerome

    April is filled with exciting events at The College of St. Scholastica. One of these events in the 12th Annual African Heritage Festival. This event is being held on April 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in Somers Main Lounge.

    Tsigereda Kebede is the president of the United for Africa Club and has been working on the planning for this event.

    “Our goal is to show the different cultures present in Africa meaning to represent some of the cultures present here on campus, that our people have come from different countries in Africa,” Kebede said.

    Different African cultures will be displayed throughout the evening in a variety of ways including: poetry, dances, a fashion show, and food. Each aspect of the show is meant to represent a variety of cultures in Africa. United for Africa also has invited a dance group in to perform. The Duniya Drum and Dance group, from the Twin Cities, will demonstrate West African drumming and dancing. Students from the United for Africa Club will also be performing their own dances and walking in the fashion show.

    “For the meal, we try to get meals that represent different countries in Africa and we do our best to provide that range of palatable meals. Towards the end of the show, there will be a fashion show that will showcase attires from these different countries that are present on our campus,” Sheila Oluchi Iteghete said.

    Iteghete is a senior biology major, psychology minor, and is secretary of the United For Africa Club.

    This evening will be a great way to experience something new and is a “little taste of the different countries of the African Culture,” Kebede said. Kebede is a senior social work, Pre-Occupational Therapy major, who said “there’s beauty to everything, everywhere, every culture, so that’s what we try to show.”

    “The doors open at 5:00 p.m. to dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the show is set to start at 6:30 p.m. We would love everyone to attend as it is free for CSS students, but a cost of $3 for other students and the community,” Iteghete said.

    The 12th Annual African Heritage Festival will be a great way to bring different communities and cultures together. This event is also a Dignitas Diversity lab for freshman at CSS. If you haven’t been to the African Heritage Festival before, you’re going to want to put this on your bucket list. It’s truly a unique event.