West African Cultural Exchange: Breaking Stereotypes

The West African Cultural Exchange was an exciting night of food, dance, music, talent, dressing and movies. It took place on Saturday the 14th of November from 7-8:30pm. After about four weeks of time and effort on the part of the West Africans, the night was truly one to remember. The Cultural Exchange started off with a short video which featured West African students and staffulty on campus telling what they loved about their countries and about the region as a whole. The video made people burst in laughter with people like Daminiyi taking about one minute to perfectly say “I AM WEST AFRICAN”.

After the video, the atmosphere was set with a performance by African Dance, dancing to Wande Coal & Patoranking’s My Woman, My Everything and an Afrobeat remix of Psy’s Gentleman.

This kicked off the play which followed the story of a young boy, Alex (Ife) in a classroom which sleeps off after being given a task by his teacher to do a presentation on the culture of West Africa. His fairy godmother (Ore) then appears and takes him on a  journey around West Africa. The journey started with a dance performance which grabbed the attention of the audience because of invigorating beat of Toofan’s Orobo.

There was also a fashion show which displayed the different colourful attires worn all over West Africa, followed by a mini-food fair where puff-puff and chin-chin were served to the audience. IJ then showed the audience how talented West Africans truly are with her cover of Timi Dakolo’s Great Nation which resulted in a standing ovation.

A video was played afterwards of two trailers of Nigerian movies. The trailers were high quality with different themes from what people expected Nigerian movies. The cultural exchange ended on a high note with a dance performance to Franko’s Coller La Petit, with Mr. Joseph and Tomisin stealing the show with their advanced Etighi and Shoki dance steps!

The Cultural Exchange was enjoyed by all and members of the community came upstage to dance to various songs from around West Africa to end the night with a bang!

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