Pan Africa Night Celebrates African Culture
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 13:08
Pan African Night commemorated a movement to celebrate African culture in the United States and worldwide.
Pan-Africanism is a movement based on the idea that the unity of the African continent would be beneficial to political, economic and social progress. The movement also encourages solidarity with African people worldwide.
“It is a collaboration of African and African-American cultures,” African Student Union President Yarimson Fofana said. “The night is about bringing those cultures to NDSU.”
The night started out with an introductory video about Uganda, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Cameroon, made by current NDSU students, originally from those countries. The video highlighted the rich history and culture of the countries, as well as the diverse nature and historical sights.
Following the video, New Afrique President Cedric Foudjet gave a speech. New Afrique is a non-profit organization working on empowering Africa to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.
“It is time for us to hold hands and stand together, march together, fight together, and together take ownership of our own lives,” Foudjet said in his speech.
The event continued with performances of African and African-American cultures, including traditional dances, hiphop, poetry and fashion shows.
The annual Pan Africa Night took place Saturday in the Great Plains Room of the Memorial Union. The event was a combined effort between the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Black Student Association and the African Student Union.