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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 continentWazobia” 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, “Bahel: Keeping our Tradition”. Bahel is the Ahmeric word for Traditional. This year’s theme is a tributube to ancient and Traditional Africa which is mostly looked down upon. We choose this theme as a clear message that it is time for Africans to reclaim their roots. We want to reclaim the villages, the rafias, the soupy and slimy dishes of the African Culture. We believe that this part of the African History is as important as the post colonial hybrid African Culture we currently see represented in pop culture. Thus, ASA invites you to learn about the origins of the African Culture through an Informative scavenger hunt, the words of an Ankara designer, and many more.

For more information, email asa@loyola.edu.

IG: @loyolaasa

January 2022 events coming soon!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Dance Class & Dance Competition, 6-7 p.m.

Selfie of Camryn, coach for the African Diaspora Celebration dance classJoin us for our first GBM of the semester with your dance shoes on! Camryn, a junior at Loyola and an avid dancer, will be teaching a routine.

Competition instructions are simple:

  1. Come to our GBM and learn a fun dance routine with us.
  2. Create a video doing the dance, either alone or with friends and family (the more interesting the video the better, so don't be afraid to add a twist to it).
  3. Send the video to us on our Insta: @loyolaasa and we will post your video.
  4. We will choose the top 3 from the 10 most liked videos.

We will announce the winners on Friday, Jan. 29. Each of the 3 winners get a $25 gift card!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

ASA Keynote Speaker: Claude Kameni, 6-7 p.m.

Claude Kameni, ASA keynote speaker, headshotThrough years as a self-taught designer, Claude Kameni has been able to create garments for both women and men, respectively. She merges her Cameroonian roots with today's modern style to produce brand new creations that the world isn't ready for. Claude ahs studies patterns extensively to where she can manipulate it to create extremely eye catching garments. Claude has dressed legendary artists such as Janet Jackson and industry pioneer Viola Davis, Traci Ellis Ross, Jennifer Lewis and even your favorite Youtubers such as Jackie Aina, Shalom Blac and many more. Last summer, she hosted her first fashion week runway and has even more projects planned for this year. She is the living example that staying true to yourself and your roots will make your work stand out.

A poster for the Mandela movie

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Movie Night: Mandela Long Walk to Freedom, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Wazobia: The Scavenger Hunt, 5-7 p.m.

Come out for a chance to broaden your knowledge about African countries in The Wazobia Scavenger Hunt! The scavenger hunt will take place ebtween the Mail Stop and Knott hall from 5-7 p.m. Contestants will be participating in groups, with a minimum of three people to a maximum of four. 

Stand a chance to win some great prizes:

  • Care package worth over $100 (First place)
  • UberEats Gift Card (Second place)
  • Gift Card (Third place)
  • Other participants will receive a Starbucks cup for participating (while supplies last)!

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!