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African culture highlighted at Westminster

African culture highlighted at Westminster

April 20th, 2017 by Jenny Gray in Local News

If you've never tried Chakalaka, a South African staple of onions, tomatoes and beans, your chance is coming.
The third annual African Formal, themed "Made in Africa," is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Backer Dining Hall at Westminster College in Fulton.
David Immanuel, a member of the school's African Union Organization, is helping to organize the event, a collaboration with Westminster's International Club.
"We're mainly bringing faculty, Greek life, international and domestic students together," he said, adding members of the community are also most welcome. "We make it a priority to invite people, particularly alumni."
Westminster College president, Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, is scheduled to speak at the event. There also will be rhythmic dances and musical performances.
"The idea behind it is most of the students not part of Greek life don't have a chance to go to a formal. It's a dinner with different events."
Activities will be centered around African culture, but a Nollywood-style dance will be part of the celebration.
"It's all students performing," Immanuel said. "There will be a magician going around during dinner doing tricks."
A senior ceremony highlighting the lives of those students also will be conducted.
"We contacted all of the seniors' friends to tell us something about them," Immanuel added.
Immanuel is a senior preparing to graduate from Westminster next month. He is from the African nation of Namibia — which borders South Africa to the northwest — and has been studying administration and marketing.
Seating is limited. For more information, email dimmanuel.17@westminster-mo.edu.