By Ethan Pelletier–

Africa is home to over one billion people in over 54 countries and sovereign states — making up about 16 percent of the world’s population. One quarter of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa. Too often people only associate Africa with images of starving children and slain lions, and the cultural value of the continent is lost. To combat these stereotypes, U of L’s African Student Union is hosting an annual African Night.

“The purpose of the event is to entertain and celebrate the vast, rich culture of the continent of Africa,” said Adan Darur, a U of L student and this year’s host.

Africa is one of the most culturally-diverse continents on the planet. The night will highlight different aspects of African culture, particularly the diversity that exists within Africa itself. “This event will educate the masses and show that there is more to Africa than poverty and civil wars,” Darur said.

With nearly 400 students attending African Night every year, the event brings together people of different cultures and ethnicities.

This year’s African Night, Kings and Queens Night, will be hosted on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the SAC multipurpose room.

Entertainment for the night will include Zuvaa African Dance Group from Ohio State University. Students will also get a taste of real African food from Queen of Sheba, a local and authentic Ethiopian restaurant, alongside many home-cooked dishes, courtesy of the members of ASU. Senaba restaurant and Funmi’s Café will be featured during the event as well.

Tickets are available—$3 in advance and $5 at the door.