Celebrating Africa Week at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 29 February 2016

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will come to life with five days of flamboyant dance, music and fashion to mark its first Africa Week.

Highlights will include a football match between a UWE Africa XI and Rest of the World team, film night, cultural evening, educational forum and public lecture.

The week, running between today (29 February) and Friday (4 March), is aimed at showcasing cultural diversity at the university and will be hosted by staff and students from the UWE African Staff Network and student societies.

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu, co-ordinator of the Africa Week programme, said, “The Africa Week provides an opportunity for students and staff from all backgrounds to meet, share and exchange knowledge, and learn about different cultures, lifestyles, food and why Africans wear, say and do things the way they do. It will also create volunteering opportunities for students. We hope this event will bring the Bristol community closer to the university and vice versa.”

Staff, students and the local community are invited to come along and enjoy the activities.

Monday 29 February, 6.30pm, Almondsbury UWE FC, Almondsbury

Africa Week kicks off with a friendly football match between a UWE Africa XI and Rest of the World XI. Come along and cheer on the teams as they go head to head for the title 'Africa Week Champions 2016'.

Tuesday 1 March, 6pm - 8.30pm, Frenchay campus room 2D67 (booking required)

Enjoy an evening of African film and discussion. There will be a screening of Africa United (12A), an extraordinary story of ingenuity, fun, danger and bizarre experiences of three Rwandan children who walk 3,000 miles to the Football World Cup in South Africa. A discussion, 'Expanding cultural diversity using models of African drama and film', will follow the film. Tickets are available here.

Wednesday 2 March, 1pm - 5pm, Frenchay campus room 2D67 (booking required)

Educational forum featuring talks from external speakers including Dr Momodou Sallah, Global Hands Social enterprise project founder and Times Higher Education UK's most innovative teacher for 2015, and David Gee, founder of award-winning Gradlink Africa. In attendance will be diplomats from several African high commissions and diplomatic missions including those of Ghana, Togo, and Gambia, along with Kenyan education attaché Margaret Lesuuda, High Commissioner for the Republic of Cameroon, H E Nkwelle Ekaney, and First Secretary Henry Mpollo. Tickets are available here.

Thursday 3 March, 6pm - 9pm, Frenchay campus room 2B25 (booking required)

Hear Leila Aboulela, a renowned Sudanese author and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, talk about 'The role of literature in the development of racial and religious harmony' in a public lecture. To be followed by a book signing and refreshments.

Friday 4 March, 6pm - midnight, UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre (booking required)

Experience a taste of Africa as the week's festivities draw to a close with an African Cultural Celebration Dinner. There will be a fashion show, live dance performances from a UWE dance team, music and appearances from the UK's 2016 National Poetry Slam champion Solomon O.B and Sudanese Kitchen Cookbook author Omer Eltigani. Tickets cost £5 for students and £10 for staff, alumni and the public. To book, contact kaltuun2.mirreh@live.uwe.ac.uk.

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