A few answers come to mind:
Fashion Shows (occasionally) to show off your latest treasures from the tailor
More Parties ...
But of course I am being sarcastic.
When you (a Nigerian or African student) come to study in a foreign country, one of the first things you learn is that like it or not, you have been selected to be an ambassador for your country. People, random strangers, classmates, church members, professors,
While you might not always have a good answer or any answer for that matter, those questions will get you thinking. If there is an African or Nigerian Students Association or Organization in your school, you will quickly discover that the power of community can be used to tell a different story.
Having an African Students Association (ASA for short) will depend on the number of African students present in your school. It may or may not be combined with Caribbean students to form a single organization. However, if you are lucky and attend a school with a sizeable Nigerian community, there will probably be a Nigerian Students' Association (NSA for short). Of course, they are social organizations, and as such they do what social organizations do: organize
But, beyond all the partying, etc, is there any other purpose for such an organization on campus? Yes.
In my opinion, such an organization should serve a greater purpose: it is a platform for these students to tell a different story about their countries through organized events and awareness. It is also a crucial support system for students, many of who spend years away from their home countries and families.
I believe there are multiple opportunities for students to do this outside of the one day set aside in the Fall or Spring for an African Night.
Your turn: What purpose do you think African (or Nigerian) students organizations serve on school campuses? Are they necessary?
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