Story by Gaku Nakajima, Secretary General of Africa University Student Representative Council (SRC)
On Thursday, the 14th of September 2023, Africa University held a vibrant and engaging Club and Societies Exhibition, organized by the Student Representative Council with Gaku Nakajima, the Secretary General spearheading the event. The event aimed to showcase the various clubs and societies available on campus and encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities.
The Clubs Exhibition took place with the valuable assistance of the campus life coordinator Ms Benga, ensuring that it be a well-coordinated and successful event. The exhibition featured a wide range of clubs from the University at large, and these encompass the Peer Network Club, Leo Club, Africa University Choir, Investment Think Tank Club, Enactus Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Rotaract Club, Sign Language Club, Google Student Developer Club, Dance and Cheerleading Club, Amnesty International Zimbabwe, and Moot Court Club. Each club had its own designated space where they showcased their activities, accomplishments, and goals.
The exhibition was located at the Graduation Arena between Ndorimana Bonaventure Dining Hall and the Bishop Arthur Kulah Administration Building and was adorned with vibrant banners representing each club, creating an atmosphere of excitement and curiosity. The Dean of Students, Dr Farai Chinangure graced the occasion with a speech, highlighting the significance of clubs and societies in fostering personal growth and community spirit. The dean’s address further encouraged students to actively engage in extracurricular activities and make the most of their university experience. Gaku Nakajima , Student Representative Council Secretary General, delivered a speech during the exhibition, welcoming everyone and emphasizing the significance of extramural involvement in holistic education. His speech aimed to inspire students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and build lasting connections through club participation.
The clubs had sign-up sheets available for prospective members, allowing students to express their interest in joining a specific club or society. The event also provided an opportunity for students to interact with existing club members and gain first-hand knowledge about their experiences. In a bid to enhance the festive atmosphere, there was music playing throughout the exhibition, creating an energetic ambiance. In addition, a braai meet was organized, offering delicious food to the prospecting members. The event also featured a 360-degree booth, providing students with an immersive experience and capturing memorable moments.
In addition to the club exhibitions, Stanbic Bank came through to exhibit as well as grace the event. They provided valuable information about banking services and offered students the opportunity to register for a Stanbic account. This collaboration between the University and the Bank fostered financial literacy among students and facilitated their access to banking services.
The exhibition attracted a large number of students, generating a lively and enthusiastic atmosphere. Many students expressed their interest by registering for clubs and societies that aligned with their passions and aspirations. A separate booth was set up for sports sign-ups, where students could register for the sports they intended to participate in. The exhibition area was well-equipped with gazebos, tables, and banners, creating an organized and visually appealing space for the participating clubs. The combination of music, food, and giveaways such as water, drinks, and pens added to the overall enjoyment of the event.
In conclusion, the Club and Societies Exhibition at Africa University was a resounding success. The event allowed students to explore a diverse range of clubs and societies, encouraging them to get involved in extracurricular activities and make meaningful connections. The enthusiastic response from students and the active participation of various clubs demonstrated the vibrant campus life and the commitment of the University Management and the community at large to holistic education.