Students celebrate Africa Day

City Varsity students, pictured in their traditional attire, are, from left, Nelly Gono, Phumza Dwane and Unathi Dumse.

City Varsity celebrated Africa Day on Friday May 25, with a number of students wearing their traditional outfits to campus, representing cultures from across Africa.

Flags of African countries were also on display. Co-ordinator of the event, Erica Wiliams, said it was important to host events that brought students together once in a while.

She said students were often busy during the week, just coming in to do their work but spending little time getting to know each other.

The Africa Day event, she said, created an opportunity for them to interact with each other and get to know each other’s cultures.

“We are a creative art and media institution and this helps them get creative and we want to expose them to the diversity of the cultures out there,” said Ms Williams.

Kenyan student Staphanie Mnchi said: “We don’t only just celebrate being African, but we also celebrate representation and visibility of African cultures because we’re always taken over by other cultures, so it’s very important to celebrate this day when it comes.”

Monica Naruwenda added: “I’m a Zimbabwean and this day means putting our nationalities aside and just celebrating the unity of Africa as one.”

It was day filled with with laughter, rich colours, singing, dancing and performance. Film student Zintle Tolo said the day was important as they get to learn about the rich heritage, customs, cultures and food of other Africans.