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Welcome to the website of the African Student Community (ASC)

“The day your education makes you roll your eyes at your father. The day your exposure makes you call your own mother uncivilized, the day your amazing foreign degrees make you cringe as your driver speaks pidgin english, may you never forget your grandfather was a farmer from Oyo state who never understood English” - Ijeoma Umebinyuo

As we all know, education is one of the most powerful tools that anyone can receive. For as long as I can remember, the concept of education has been one that has played a central role in my life. This wasn’t by my own doing, but through my parents and the other elderly influences in my life. In fact, the majority of us have been taught and raised with this same principle. The principle that education is key.

Education doesn’t only span what goes on within the classroom setting, but also what goes on outside of it. Life is a multi-faceted, complex experience that requires endless forms of knowledge spanning a wide variety of subjects. One can’t go to school alone and be educated, as practical, real life experience is also critical to this process. Education can give new perspectives, provide stability, financial security, and also help realize dreams! The possibilities are truly endless. As a result, it is important to put all of this learned experience into perspective.

The above quote epitomizes the situation many of us here are in. Our ancestors hail from far, faraway lands, with different manners of thinking, living, doing, and also different manners of education. With that being said, can one really say that one form of education is more or less valuable than the other? Let us not let our education here cause us to forget who we are and where we come from, but to aid us in gaining a better understanding of who we are and where we come from.

The ASC’s desire has always been to provide community as well as bring together and educate not only our members, but everyone around us. By building meaningful relationships with one another, whether it be through educational events, social events, providing opportunities and just having plain old fun, we aim to connect those of the diaspora together. This is essential for the betterment of our people, their homelands, and those directly around them. We at the ASC strongly believe that the betterment of our communities cultivates the betterment of those around us and also vice versa.

As we all know, during the past two years true connection has been made very difficult by the pandemic and the measures surrounding it. Nevertheless, as we go into the year 2022 we remain hopeful, and in spite of the situation at hand, steadfast in our goals. We will always aim to continue to aid our students in fostering new relationships, experiences, and perspectives as well as provide a place called home here in Groningen for those who need it.

May 2022 be the best year yet for all of us whether it be academically, personally, socially, spiritually, and however else it can be. On behalf of the 2021/2022 ASC board I’d like to wish everyone strength this coming year and we truly hope to be acquainted with you all very soon!

Tobi Ajayi - President

Last modified:19 April 2022 10.25 a.m.