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Celebrating African optimism at ‘Taste of Africa’

Marie McGrory | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Aisha Shafer.

Drawn in by the rhythmic tunes of contemporary African music and the rich aroma of Nigerian and Ethiopian dishes, guests at Saturday’s “Taste of Africa” celebrated the beauty and progress of the continent.

The annual event hosted by GW’s African Student Association included a fashion show and speeches from political figures. This year’s theme was African Optimism: Africa on the Rise.

Sporting colorful and bold African prints, students from GW, Howard University, and the University of Maryland strutted down the catwalk holding signs for various African countries.

Meanwhile, on the political side, Cape Verde’s ambassador to the United States, Fátima Veiga, shared her insight into the world of African politics, emphasizing the “enormous potential and resources” of the continent.

Also in attendance was political organizer Thione Niang. Niang, who was born and raised in Senegal, arrived in the United States 10 years ago with only $20 and no English language skills. He shared the story of his journey, from college to becoming involved in U.S. politics.

Through a partnership with the charity International Partners in Mission, all net proceeds from Taste of Africa will be donated to fund projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“I felt more proud to be African,” senior Tmnit Nur said. “It was nice to see all of the cultures come together and show we’re not a damaged continent.”

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