African Student Cultural Organization held Taste of Africa on Nov. 15 in the basement of the Oak Street Residence Hall.
ASCO is an organization that aims to promote African cultural awareness at UMKC. It helps students of African heritage to come together and become aware of different issues concerning Africa.
“Everybody is welcome to this organization, ASCO President Michael Agim said. “The organization is not bent on strictly African students.”
This year ASCO hopes to become more diverse. There are currently about 60 members.
“Our biggest event is going to be Experience Africa,” Agim said. “We have it every second semester of the year. We’re also going to have some side events like partnering with Globe Med to have a fashion show.”
Experience Africa is a talent show that showcases different skills from African countries. The fashion show displays clothes from multiple countries.
Ginika Udeozoh, the education chair of ASCO, started off the event with an explanation of Taste of Africa. The purpose of the event was to promote ASCO and for people to try different African dishes.
The foods included Nigerian dishes such as spinach, meat pie, fried rice, jollof rice, chicken stew, chin chin and suya. The Kenyan dishes were mandazi and chapatti. The Ghanaian dishes were waakye, shito and mosa, or fried plantains. Many other dishes from different African countries were also offered.
The members of ASCO prepared all the food for the event, for which 200 people showed up to try African cuisine.
After the food was served, everybody danced to African music. Some of the artists from the songs were WizKid, Ice Prince and Tazido. These artists are well known for their music made in Nigeria.