On Saturday the 21st of November 2015, hundreds of people turned up for a Cultural Night celebration which was hosted by Arrupe College.

Guests feasted on traditional foods from seventeen different African countries. The hall was packed with people of all backgrounds – Catholics and non-Catholics alike, coming together to share their diversity. Outfits ranged from the traditional West African prints to the local “chitenge” (Zambia) apparels.

It was an evening of talent show, with traditional performances by different groups from all over Africa, some from as far afield as Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi and Zimbabwe. The Arrupe College Karate team also took the opportunity to showcase their skills.

One would reminisce that Africa is indeed a rich continent, with languages, cultures, and religions. What was particularly striking is the fundamental thinking of a people gathered to celebrate diversity in peace. We all wish our diversity would be a point of celebration and not division, as noted in some countries where tribes, race, religions and sex have been centers of fighting.