Marist Blackout for African Awareness Presents "Mon Afrique"

Marist Celebrates Africa


On occasional Thursdays during the summer, the Office of Media Relations will publish installments of #TBT, or Throwback Thursdays, a series that will take a closer look at some of the events that took place on campus during the Spring semester.


Mon Afrique PosterIn April, hundreds of members of the Marist community gathered in the Student Center Cabaret to celebrate "Mon Afrique," a black tie gala presented by the Marist Blackout for African Awareness featuring music, food, and speakers all aimed at celebrating Africa and expanding understanding of the continent.

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Emelia Lartey '14 and James Arama '14 with members of Ghana's Ashanti royal family

Marist Blackout was started four years ago by Emelia Lartey '14, a Ghanian student from London, England, who saw a need on campus for greater awareness of Africa, from its diversity of its countries and cultures, to political issues and its emerging role global affairs. The organization aims to celebrate Africa, educate the campus community, and support African students at Marist.

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Marist President Dennis Murray with members of Ghana's Ashanti Royal Family

April's Mon Afrique event began with an authentic African cultural dance and a royal entrance of some of the members of the Ashanti royal family from Ghana . It featured speaker Sangu Delle, recognized by Forbes as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa, who engaged the audience with his conviction and charisma. He challenged common perceptions of Africa and spoke on the vast opportunities the continent has to offer. "Get on the board now and don’t be left behind," he said. "Africa is Rising."

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Members of the Marist College and broader communities celebrate Africa at Mon Afrique