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Sherman Banks

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its annual cultural event, African Night, at 6 p.m. April 6 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.  


Hosted by the UAFS African Student Association, African Night offers a night of entertainment showcasing African culture and cuisine; a speech by Sherman Banks, the Consul of the Republic of Ghana in Little Rock; a fashion show; and a performance by a renowned African dance group; a performance by the UAFS music team; and an educational piece on Africa.


Banks said it was his “esteemed pleasure” to speak at the event.


“In line with the 2018 African Night's theme, which is ‘Win-Win: Celebrating U.S.-Africa,’ let us keep in mind that in this world we are a people with many faces and we must strive to speak with one voice,” Banks said. “In this black-bass and white-treble keyboard of life, every individual matters and is loved through faith.  Let us all work toward a time when peace rules the day, reason rules the mind, and compassion rules the heart.”


Tony Osagwu, president of the UAFS African Students Association, said the event is a celebration of African culture.


“African Night celebrates the cultural diversity and the unity of the African continent,” Osagwu said. “It always turns out to be a fun night with entertainment performers, a buffet, dancing, singing, and so much more.”


General admission is $15 and $10 for UAFS students and attendees 13 and under.


For more information, contact Dr. Williams Yamkam, assistant professor of political science, at 479-788-7981 or  


Date Posted: 
Friday, March 16, 2018
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