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URI student group sponsor Africa Week Celebration, April 5-10

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

The purpose of our Africa Week Celebration is so as to highlight the Beauty, Majesty and Cultural Diversity of Africa and African Diaspora. This year we also hope to recognize the African Woman; she is Literally the Backbone of the Continent, Especially in Times of Turmoil and Great Upheaval but Her Works and Achievement Often Goes Unnoticed. The 2010 2nd Annual Africa Week is Dedicated to the Prestige of Our African Mothers, Grandmothers and Sisters; Past, Present and Future.

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MONDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2010

AFRICAN DRESS DAY: DRESS AFRICAN, LOOK AFRICAN
MOVIE SCREENING: SAWA presents THE STONING OF SORAYA M. 7:00PM to 9:00 PM -- URI MEMORIAL UNION BALLROOM. In a world of secrecy, corruption and injustice, a single courageous voice can tell a true story that changes everything. This is what lies at the heart of the emotionally charged experience of The Stoning of Soraya M. Based on an incredible true story; this powerful tale of a village's persecution of an innocent woman becomes both a daring act of witness and a compelling parable about mob rule. Who will join forces with the plot against her, who will surrender to the mob, and who will dare to stand up for what is right.

TUESDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2010

OPEN FORUM: THE AFRICAN BRAIN DRAIN. 5:00 to 7:00PM -- URI MULTICULRAL CENTER, COMPUTER LOUNGE. A study claims that about one third of Africa’s professionals have left the continent in recent years. This loss of African intellectual capital has left the continent suffering, as Africa’s brightest are using their talents elsewhere. Come and partake on the discussion on the ‘Brain Drain’ Syndrome as it pertains to Africa: the mass exodus of professionally trained young persons from Africa, which is becoming a serious handicap to the continent.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH 2010

SAWA presents AFRODISIAC. [OPENMIC and DATE AUCTION] 7:00PM to 11:00PM – URI MEMORIAL UNION BALLROOM. In Conjunction with URI’s ALIMA, CVSA, KCA [Keep a Child Alive] and RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE'S WOMEN OF COLOR, SAWA presents an Openmic and Date Auction complete with a fun-filled night of African Dancing, Music, Storytelling, Poetry and Comedy.

With Performances by ALIMA, HARRY MOORE, TAYO TMONEY, THE KENTE DRUMMERS and MORE!!!!

ADMISSION: $2 - URI STUDENTS
ADMISSION: $5 - NON URI

Come out and experience the magnitude of African Royalty (and others). Bring your wallet and curiosity for the most beautiful people in the world. This is guaranteed to be an event you do not want to miss.

Proceeds from the event shall go towards YOUNGAFEST, a non-profit organization geared towards the education and empowerment of youth in Africa.

THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2010

URI INAUGURATION CELEBRATION: The Inauguration of DAVID M. DOOLEY, the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island. A series of events will be held at URI’s campuses in Providence, Narragansett, and Kingston.

SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2010

1st ANNUAL KICKBALL TOURNAMENT. PLACE AND LOCATION TBA

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-- Brought to you by SAWA, The Student Alliance for the Welfare of Africa. For more information contact Samuel Aboh, Jr., samab422@yahoo.com