‘Coming To America’ explored different regions in Africa

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‘African Night: Coming To America’ gave the TCU community an opportunity to learn more about African culture and their heritage.

The African Students Organization (ASO) hosted the event and the president of ASO said a lot of planning went into it all.

“We tried to make it fun but at the same time most of us stayed out late until past midnight just trying to put on a good show for everyone,” said Oreoluwa Abimbola, president of ASO. “It really was a lot, but I’m glad we made it happen.”

Coralie Arnell, senior marketing major, said she is hoping to gain awareness and learn more about a culture she is not aware of.

The show began with people holding flags from countries in Africa. Facts were listed off about their country to inform the audience about different parts of Africa which included the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda and more.

After the naming of each country, the audience would erupt with applause.

Audience members said they were eager to educate themselves about on African culture.

“I think it’s going to be really interesting,” Arnell said. “I think I will also learn a lot about traditional dances.”

There were three different groups of dancing: Central Africa, West Africa and East Africa. Members of ASO performed the dances from these locations to show the audience how the dances are performed.

 

“They danced and showed their African culture because not all dances are the same,” said Abimbola.

ASO members modeled outfits from different African countries during the fashion show.

The audience was asked trivia questions in between the different events. The person who answered the questions correctly received a free ASO t-shirt.

“The questionnaires were just to tell the audience, ‘what do you know about Africa or what can you learn about Africa?’” Abimbola said.

There was a skit that told the story of two people who were in love, but the woman’s family didn’t approve because the man was in lower class.

“It was just great because it explained how different people came to America and how we had higher class and lower class and how it’s a thing in Africa,” Abimbola said.

The skit received the loudest applause from the audience.

“I really liked the skit,” Reginald Cole said. “I learned a lot of cool things and I like the dances.”

The members of ASO performing were laughing and smiling as well as the audience members throughout the whole night.

“I really hope they were able to learn more about Africa and know the culture and be more exposed to African culture,” Abimbola said.