Activities Celebrate African Week 2013

Students help campus, community experience the diversity of Africa

November 05, 2013

Africa Week 2013 at Knox College
African Week brought members of the local Boys & Girls Club to campus for crafts

African Week 2013

Monday, November 4, 4:00 PM Cultural Workshop See photo gallery below

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 PM Faculty Forum: "How Experiences in Africa Have Shaped One's Perception in Viewing the African Culture" Rescheduled; date TBA

Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 PM Weekly meeting of Harambee Club

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 PM Screening of film Sarafina

Saturday, November 9, 7:00 PM African Cultural Night Performances

"Africa is not just one big place," says Azumah Daniel Cofie, president of Harambee, the African cultural interest club at Knox College, as he explains the goals for African Week 2013.

"Africa is very diverse, different tribes, over 1,000 different languages. [My country,] Ghana is a multicultural society. We have two main religions, Christian and Muslim, five major tribes, at least ten local languages."

Harambee kicked off the week with a Nov. 4 cultural workshop designed for grade school students in the local Boys and Girls Club. "We want to give back to the Galesburg community, by showcasing African cultural heritage and our diverse traditions," Cofie said. Workshop activities included African music, dance, games and making bead-jewelry.

"The European colonizers came from different countries -- England, France, Portugal," explains Cofie, a senior economics major from Accra, Ghana. "At Knox I've met students from different countries in Africa, African students who speak French, others who speak English."


African Week 2013, including Cultural Workshop with local Boys & Girls Club


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