Nkiru is in her 4th year, studying Economics and Commerce. An international student from Lagos, Nigeria, she has always been interested in an education that fosters her drive towards being a truly global citizen. Nkiru is passionate about student leadership, advocacy and black feminism, and seeks opportunities to dialogue, collaborate and deconstruct homogenous ideas of the continent and of people of African descent. Nkiru has been actively involved in AAI since her first year at UBC. As the current President of the UBC Africa Awareness Initiative, she is working to engage and advocate for the expansion of AAI’s collaboration with stakeholders, connecting with partners, allies, students, faculty and staff. This year, AAI is exploring the idea of Africa raising - from the idea to the reality; what this means in a multicultural and international university such as UBC, and the many benefits that involving Africa in the creation of global citizens will provide.
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Emma is 2nd year chemical engineering student . She was born and raised in Yaounde, Cameroon. Emma is fluent in English and in French. After moving to Canada for my studies, she was struck and took realisation in what being African means. She was never conscious about her skin colour till a year ago. She decided to to get involved in AAI to have a feeling of home away from home. She soon realised that she had role to play to create awareness about her country and continent to those around her. Her passion for community building helps her overcome her shyness and achieve her goals. She is motivated to learn, unlearn and relearn different aspects of her culture, the different african cultures and other cultures that make up this amazing world.