The turnout exceeded their expectations and received attendees from visiting schools such as Denison University and Purdue University.
In addition to a beautiful exhibition of African culture through dress and fashion, African distinction was demonstrated through the awards ceremony in itself. They honored 5 students who had shown achievement in the academic, athletic, fine arts, leadership and humanitarian aid fields with awards named after prominent African leaders in their respective fields including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In addition, they also awarded faculty and leaders in the community who have invested into the lives of Africans and the Diaspora community.
Finally, performances focused on African culture made the night exceptionally memorable as dance, song, spoken word, and traditional drumming were displayed on stage.
“All in all, AYL is proud to have been able to host an event like this for our 21st year celebration as we feel it is important to acknowledge and honor Africans in our community who are making a legacy through their achievement, distinction and impact,” said Azenabor. “We hope in the future this event will be more representative of the entire Midwestern African community and cannot wait to see how this event grows.”
Photo Credit: Malik Kamagate