• Dakar International Day 2009

4/29/2009

Suffolk Dakar’s diverse students celebrated their rich cultural heritage on International Day 2009, an on-campus holiday held in March. This year students from 14 countries—Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Congo (Brazzaville), Gambia, India, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, and the United States of America—planned and participated in this lively three-day event.

Leading up to the grand cultural festival, students showed off their athletic abilities before enthusiastic audiences. The festivities kicked off with a spirited ping pong competition, followed by a soccer tournament the following evening. Sport luminaries attended both events.

At the International Day Festival, students prepared and shared tasty dishes representative of their countries. West African, Asian, and East and Central African cuisine were all on the menu and served with a range of regional beverages, including Senegalese favorite bissap.

National pride was on display at the Country Parade, in which students marched with the flags of their homelands. Others showed off their national costumes at a colorfully glamorous fashion show. At the talent show—for which students diligently rehearsed for weeks—groups representing Africa’s many countries staged rousing dance performances. Local artist DJ Awadi spun hot tracks on his turntable to cap the festivities.

The Suffolk Dakar community—including Director of Student Life Macode Gueye, who spearheaded this year’s festival committee— is already looking forward to another successful International Day in 2010!

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