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Release: April 18, 2003

Africa Week Focuses On Unity And Awareness April 21-26 At UI

The public can learn about the many diverse countries of Africa ranging from Burkina Faso to Zimbabwe during Africa Week 2003 April 21-26 at the University of Iowa with the theme, "African Unity and Awareness." The events, which are all free and open to the public, will be at various locations across campus, including the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) and International Center Lounge, among others.

The University of Iowa African Students Association is the main organizing entity for this event with the following sponsors: UI Student Government, UI International Programs, International Crossroads Community and the African Studies Program.

Information tables on various countries will be set up in the ground floor of the IMU throughout the entire week, emphasizing the theme of African Unity and Awareness. Information will be available throughout the week on Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Zambia.

Other highlights include the following:

Tuesday, April 22: Shams Ghoneim, research staff member in the UI department of pathology, and Dina Shalash, a programmer with the International Crossroads Community, will present "Africa is not a Country" with a special focus on Egypt. This presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the International Crossroads Community, located in Hillcrest Hall dormitory, with Saweda Liverpool as the moderator.

Wednesday, April 23: A panel discussion entitled "African Union for Organization of African Unity: Potentials and Challenges" at 5 p.m. in 70 Van Allen Hall, with the following participants: Pita Agbese, political science professor, University of Northern Iowa (UNI); Rex Honey, UI geography professor; Jay Sa'Aadu, UI finance professor; and Bode Olakanmi, research scientist and Daily Iowan columnist on public issues, with Sunday Goshit as the moderator.

Thursday, April 24: A panel discussion on "The Civil War in Cote D'Voire" with Christopher Roy, associate dean of International Programs and UI professor of art history; and Cephas Miningou, graduate student, UI Third World Development Support, being the discussants. This will be at 5 p.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room 256 of the IMU, with Willy L. Mafuta moderating.

Friday, April 25: Movie and interaction with the African-American Students at 7 p.m. at the African-American Cultural Center on Melrose Avenue with Evans Ochola as the moderator.

Saturday, April 26: African Night, the culmination of the week's activities, at 7 p.m. in the International Center Lounge, which will include music, food and dance.

For more information, special accommodations and a complete listing of all the events, please contact Sunday Goshit at or call 319-335-0165 or 319-353-5215. For more information on the African Students Association or to view the entire schedule of events for African Week 2003, visit the following web site:

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: African Students Association, Sunday Goshit, 319-335-0165 or 335-5215, Writer: Mansi Bhatia