Edmonton, Alberta (February 25, 2016) – ‘Stay Woke’ is derived from the phrase “stay awake” and an Internet slang term often used to demonstrate the need for awareness of a given issue. During the month of February, black history is the issue and AfroQuiz is helping Edmonton-area students take a deeper look at the contributions of black people in the country, and abroad.
Approximately 50 students are expected to participate in AfroQuiz on Saturday which is currently in its 24th year in the city. AfroQuiz is an annual Jeopardy-style quiz competition celebrating the rich history of people of African and Caribbean descent around the globe and helping students have a deeper understanding of the cultures. This year, student ages range from 7- to 18-year-olds from schools across the city.
“AfroQuiz provides students with an appreciation of black history in Canada,” said Siyani Nsaliwa, CCACH president. “We think this is a fun way to help bridge the information gap that students have on the contributions of black Canadians here. It’s a great way to help instill a sense of pride among students of black heritage, but also allow others to learn and appreciate new cultures.”
AfroQuiz organizers are encouraging Edmontonians to join in the fun this year to test their knowledge of black history and are rewarding audience participation.
“We believe AfroQuiz is a community event that helps everyone ‘stay woke’ and would like to see more Edmontonians come and support the city’s youth,” Nsaliwa continued. “AfroQuiz has an incredible impact on today’s students who are eager to know more about black history in Canada. It’s our mission to encourage them to keep learning, as they will eventually become the leaders of tomorrow.”
AfroQuiz will also host a series of poets, dancers and live musicians between student competition on Saturday, February 27 at the Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square), starting at 1PM.
Judges of AfroQuiz this year include Edmonton Public School teacher, Andrew Vanderpuye, SOCA F.I.T. owner and choreographer, Cherelle George, and communications professional and community organizer, Reakash Walters.
Registration for students 9 and under, and 16 and older is still open and study materials are available at AfroQuiz.ca. The event is free to the public and students of all ages. AfroQuiz 2016 is partly supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Pamela A. Muñoz