BACK TO BACK AAI
REGIONS IN FOCUS & GLOBAL CAFE
NOV 28 & NOV 29
Post celebrating at the most epic party of the semester we next took to discussing party culture. We had a blast collaborating with Ecuadorian Student Association & Residence Life for an intercultural conversation on party culture around the world with traditional food from Latin America and Africa. Jollof rice was had & enjoyed! Look back or see what you missed. See Photos HERE.
The very next day we discussed the timely topic of leadership & dictatorship in Africa. This event was part of the AAI Regions in Focus dialogue series. Focus was placed on southern Africa, specifically Zimbabwe following the recent end of President Robert Mugabe’s rule on November 21st 2017. Conversation was led by Sharon Shamuyarira, 3rd year UBC Master Card Scholar with the student perspective on recent events and the role young zimbabweans have in facilitating growth and change. In addition to Dr. David Morton an Assistant Professor of African History at UBC who has focused his research on history of urbanization and decolonization in South Africa.
The event was packed and full of intellectual conversation.
We thank everyone for not being shy about contributing to such an important conversation and coming out in the middle of final exam studying.
Photos can be found HERE.
November 25th 2017
THANK YOU all for showing up & showing out at Dioko!!!
We had a great turn out and the proof is all in the pictures.
Take a look back at how good life was before finals started!😅
Check out photos HERE.
Special thanks to all the volunteers, our DJs Chibuzo Okonkwo, Giovanni Dappa Hosang, our official photographer David Markwei, Koerner's Pub on UBC Campus, SFU Students of Caribbean & African Ancestry, SFU African Students' Association and the AAI execs!
REGIONS IN FOCUS
October 24th 2017
In this first session, we collaborated with a UBC student-led initiative, Project Kavi, to discuss the issue of language endangerment in the East African region. From the imposition of colonial languages on indigenous communities, to the use of language as an economic booster within the region, we dissected the various intricacies of this topic with the help of our expert speakers and facilitators.
We were thankful to have Dr. Bonny Norton (UBC Faculty of Education) & Joash Johannes (UBC Linguistics Department) speak at this event.
See GALLERY for photos.
CONFERENCE WEEK 2018
Africa Rising from the Idea to the Reality
Jan 16 - 19, 2018
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Africa Awareness Initiative’s flagship event is here! Conference Week 2018.
Dates of featured events below:
Day 1: January 16th (Tuesday)
Venue: Global Lounge
MASTER CARD FOUNDATION STUDENT DIALOGUE: Africa Rising?
Day 2: January 17th (Wednesday)
Venue: Liu Institute
OPENING CEREMONY : THE MOVEMENT
(Keynote Speaker – Jacky Yenga)
Day 3: January 18th (Thursday)
Venue: Museum of Anthropology
African Studies, relevant or not? (Faculty members: Dr. Kofi and Dr.
Day 4: January 19th (Friday)
Venue: Great Hall (the Nest)
Africa Rising in Health and Education
(Keynote Speaker: Habiba Cooper Diallo)
CLICK to visit the event FB page!
CLICK to visit official conference week 2018 page.
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FOCUS ON AFRICA
Interview with Dr. Kofi
Dr. J. S. Kofi Gbolayno is a scholar, music educator and performer who has taught at different levels of education in 18 countries around the world. He is also the founder and director of the Ghana school project and Nunya Music Academy at Dzodze, Ghana. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Ethnomusicology and the UBC African Studies Minor program.
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