AFSAAP sponsored an Africa Day Celebration at Flinders University. The rain held off for over 200 participants who enjoyed a free Aussie style BBQ with African music and a live drumming performance. Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Prof Michael Barber opened the event and announced the university’s commitment to its relationship with the countries of Africa with the news that Finders University will be sending 28 boxes of current academic textbooks to Jimma University in Ethiopia. Flinders University is also a member of the Australia-Africa University Network.
Mr. Stephen Okello, an Australia Awards scholar from Africa talked about his experiences as a student in Australia, and the President of the African Students Association, Mr. Stephen Tongun gave a inspirational speech on the importance of Africa Day. Mr. John Mugabushaka, a PHD student at Flinders university, performed as the master of ceremonies and rallied everyone’s enthusiasm. AFSAAP President Tanya Lyons was encouraged to dance by her students undertaking her topics on African Studies at Flinders University, and the latter did a brilliant job cooking the BBQ with the help of the African Students Association at Flinders University. The celebration carried on into the afternoon, with many friendships developing, and many networking opportunities fulfilled.