Afrique Student Association (ASA) is the association for students interested in African issues at the Graduate Institute. It is open to all students, irrespective of nationality, with a passion for the African continent.
Afrique Student Association is a social, cultural and political group with the shared aim of promoting awareness of, and dialogue about, African topics. It seeks to represent the diversity of African peoples and cultures on campus as well to promote interaction and intellectual dialogue between African students, the Graduate Institute and Africans (and African institutions) in International Geneva.
Afrique Student Association also serves as an advocate for a better representation of African students in the overall student body of the Graduate Institute by, among other means, lobbying for more scholarships reserved for African students, being ambassadors of the Graduate Institute towards the recruitment of prospective students in Africa.
Less than 10% of the students at the Institute are of African origin. Associations involving African students have emerged and declined over the years. In its present state, Afrique Student Association was constituted during the 2014/15 academic year, and has had two boards ever since, with the third board set to take over by Fall 2016. Six students form the Executive board, and an average of 30 students participate in each events organised by the initiative.
Co-Chair: Ebun Aribido
Co-Chair: Folakemi Adenugba
Communications: Lily Dafeamekpor
Treasurer: Karen Zamberia
During the 2015/2016 academic year, Afrique Student Association organized a number of events:
Meet and Greet: This was the first social event of the year organized by the IHEID Afrique to inform our members about our plans for the semester. It was also an evening of African music and entertainment.
African Movie Night: Cary Fukunaga’s Beast of No Nation (based on a book of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala) was the first and only movie we screened. It was followed by a discussion on Child soldiers in Africa led by Dr. Aidan Russell, a professor of African history at the Institute.
African Literature I & II: Two editions of the African Literature Night were held featuring two poems by Niyi Osundare and Desert Flower by Waris Dirie. The literary works were discussed by the participants within a cozy atmosphere. Relevance of these literary works for were explored for non-African settings as well.
Afrique Jam: An African party that showcases and highlights the vibrant beats across and outside of the African continent. With the popular sounds of West Africa to the hidden gems of the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. Afrique Student Association brings the African continent to the doors of the Graduate Institute with the influential flair and rhythm of the Caribbean.
Distinguished Panel on Youth Empowerment and Economic Development in Africa: This was a public conference which, for the first time at the Graduate Institute, brought together a panel of accomplished Africans and experts in the field of development in International Geneva. They shared their experiences and perspectives on the involvement of the youth in the design, implementation and monitoring of development goals in Africa. The panelists included Dr. Sukai Prom-Jackson: Inspector, Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System (UNJIU); Dr. Franklyn Lisk: Labour policy and global health specialist, and former representative of the ILO to the United Nations; Mr. Adeyemi Babington-Ashaye: Head, Global Shapers Community; Director, World Economic Forum and Dr. Michel Carton, a former Director of the Graduate Institute.