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African Diaspora Celebration

Presented by the African Student Association (ASA)

African Student Association (ASA) logo featuring red, green, and yellow rings and various African flags in the shape of the continent"Wazobia" is a word comprised of three different African dialects, Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba, which are all translated to mean "come." "Wa" in the Yoru-ba language, "Zo," in the Igbo language, and "Bia," in the Hausa language. As a collective, the executive board members of the African Student Association decided to make the theme for this year's Wazobia "Nakupenda: It's all about Love." Nakupenda is the Swahili word for I love you. This year's theme is a tribute to an old east-African lullaby "Nakupenda Malaika". This song has been sung from African mothers in ancient Africa to African power house Miriam Makeba in front of predominantly white crowds in South Africa fractured by apartheid. We chose this theme as a clear message that Africa's most powerful weapon will always be love. We believe that sharing our love for our culture is what we need the most, especially during those unprecedented times. Thus, ASA invites you to learn about our Nakupenda through games that remind us of home, a collaborative panel, and the comeback of our Diaspora celebration, Wazobia. 

Written by: Hodavia Kalombo, ASA Co-Event Coordinator

For more information, email asa@loyola.edu.

IG: @loyolaasa

Join us for our February 2022 events!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

ASA Game Night, 6-8 p.m., Center for Intercultural Engagement (CIE)

Join us for a night of fun and games that remind us of home.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Wazobia, 7-10 p.m., McGuire Hall

Join us for the comeback of our annual Diaspora celebration, Wazobia!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

ASA and CCSJ Collaborative Panel, 6-7:30 p.m., on Zoom

ASA and the Center for Community, Service, and Justice (CCSJ) will come together for a virtual panel discussion. Hope to see you all there!


Take a look at what our students are getting into!

Students wearing matching hand-made garments
Students show off their traditional clothing
Students serving food at a table with a Senegal hand-made poster
Never miss a chance to try to learn about other cultures through food!