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African Soul and Modernity Shown by Mount Students

Alexis Mobley and Ryen Sakyi

Black History Month is celebrated annually in February and the Mount did not skip out on recognizing that. On the week of Feb 19th. the Center for Student Diversity and Student Activities hosted a Black History Month Trivia Night.

The African Student Association hosted a Finish the Lyric Music Night.  Black History Month Trivia Night was on Feb 20. at the PAC and Finish of the Lyric Music Night was on Feb 22. in the Academic Center.

The Black History Month trivia night was combined with learning and teamwork. Groups of four would separate into teams and respond to questions about Black history. There were four rounds historical events, fun facts, people and even bonus questions.

At the end of the event, the winning team won a bag of prizes. The prizes include a bag of a Mount blanket, a water bottle and a Black History Month themed journal.  

While there were fewer people than last year, the atmosphere was quiet but also enjoyable. The Night was filled with joy and laughter as teams tried to win the prize bag of the night.

 It was sure to be an exciting night with food such as pizza and drinks along with red, yellow and green decorations. The music playing was 90s and 2000s black musicians' music. 

Overall, the questions were challenging but engaging, and everyone had a fun night. The director of student activities Stephen Foster stated in an interview, “I think it was a great event; students learn about Black history, which is why I think this trivia is important.”  

African Student Association (ASA) hosted a music night. This event is focusing on music connecting different African cultures.  


The club and its attendees played a “Guess the Lyric” game at the event.  When the attendees split into two teams, the game master played a song where teams had to guess the song and the artist. The winning team got a prize. After the winners return from break they will receive gift bags. These bags contained self-care items such as face masks and lip gloss.

The music they played mostly belonged to the genre afrobeat. Afrobeat artists such as Burna Boy, Fireboy DML, Rema, Wizkid and Omah Lay. 

The ASA board believed this event was important during Black History Month because it exposed the student body at MSMU to the African students here and their culture.   

Ledell Patcha (C’25) the president of ASA believes it’s a learning opportunity for students. Patcha says, “It's just a way for Africans and non-Africans to come and learn about the culture.”   

Malika Dosso (C’ 25) believes it’s important to recognize the diversity here at the Mount. Dosso said at the event, “I think it's important to acknowledge that we have a lot of people in the diaspora.”  She also stated, “We all come from different parts of Africa, some northern, some eastern, and western. We have international students; we have some that were born in this country so it's nice to see everyone's perspective and everyone’s knowledge.”   

The university did a great job expressing the celebration of Black History Month. Next time when they do these events, it will be just as enjoyable and entertaining to be a part of. 


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