Esika Moko: Connecting Through Community

Esika moko, which means “together” in Lingala, is our Africa Week theme for this year. After a year and a half of being separated, we’re so happy to finally be TOGETHER again on campus and able to build more memories together. This week is a week of connecting with one another and building friendships we hope will last forever. We are one Africa, on the continent, and here on the WashU campus. Join us this week as we connect through different facets of our diverse and beautiful cultures. 

Monday, October 25:

African Culture Day

All day

Dress to impress in your traditional wear! Let’s show this campus how wonderful, diverse, and beautiful our culture and fashion are. Post your outfits on Instagram and tag us @asa.washu and we will repost you on our story! We’re excited to see all the gorgeous patterns and clothes!

Tuesday, October 26

Mentoring Connections

6pm, Danforth University Center 234

Join us in a networking event between undergraduate and graduate African students in a range of professions and interests. We’ve invited students from WashU’s different graduate schools so come and ask questions and gain insight into your academic and professional interests! Connect through networking and be prepared to possibly find some mentors!

Wednesday, October 27

Lost in Connection: A Conversation on Ethiopia, the Role of the Diaspora, and How to Take Action

6pm, Simon Hall, Room 23

Join us as we host former Ethiopian diplomat, Ephrem Andemariam, in a roundtable discussion about the crisis in Ethiopia as well as a broader discussion about the role of Africans across the diaspora in educating and equipping themselves with the knowledge and skills to address and discuss conflicts that may arise in their home countries on the continent. We recognize there is a loss of connection between Africans on the continent and the diaspora and we need to remedy this disconnect to continue to excel as a people. Bring your experiences and opinions and be prepared to engage in a productive discussion on how we as the future of Africa can use our voices for good. 

Thursday, October 28

African Marketplace

12-3pm, Danforth University Center 276

Stop by the marketplace and stock up on jewelry, hair products and more! Support local African vendors from the St. Louis region and beyond to sell their wonderful merchandise. Bring your wallets!

Friday, October 29

Taste of Africa

3-5pm, McMillan Cafe

Your favorite event is back and better than ever! Come grab a bite of African Cuisine at Taste of Africa! We will have Ofure Palace and Merhaba catering for this event!

Monday, October 25-Friday October 29

IG/TikTok Takeover

We are inviting YOU to take over our social media accounts for all of Africa Week. Follow our TikTok @asawashu and stitch our video filming a day in your life! We want to walk in the shoes of our amazing members from all the different schools of WashU. We will repost your videos on our Instagram @asa.washu so be sure to be as creative as you can!