Students organize ‘For Love of Africa’ event

April 7, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Sarah Ritenour

The African People’s Association will host “For Love of Africa” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in the Student Union Ingman Room in an effort to erase stereotypes about the continent and its people while entertaining the audience.

“We hope to teach the UT community that not all Africans are how the media depicts us to be,” said Oreoluwa Ishola, president of the association. “We are very entertaining, hospitable and family-oriented people. Like any culture, we have our downfalls, but the strength of our people outweighs those negatives.”

“For Love of Africa” will include food, music, dancing, a fashion show, and an African rendition of the popular television show “Jersey Shore.” Guests can expect to try authentic African food, including Jollof rice, puff puffs (African donuts), African salad, beef patties, chicken, fish and turkey.

Ishola said the students hope this event shows people why they are still in love with their continent despite all the challenges it faces.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for faculty and staff. Proceeds will benefit the African People’s Association.

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