The Executive Board

President: Sami Ayele
Class of 2019
Majors: Natural Sciences and International Studies
Why I joined ASA: I wanted to take an active role in programming and discourse regarding Africa.
Vice President: Sumera Yego
Class of 2020
Majors: International Studies and Public Health
Why I joined ASA: I feel pretty passionately about people understanding at the very least the degree of complexity behind African issues and the potential that the African continent has for internally solving them and stimulating development. I am excited to use ASA as a platform to inform others as well as myself.

Secretary: Karima Kallon
Class of 2019
Major: Neuroscience
Why I joined ASA: I joined ASA because I wanted a home away from home when I came to college. It was a way to connect to my heritage, share it with others, and give them a way to connect to their own too.
Treasurer: Peggy-ita Obeng-Nyarkoh
Class of 2021
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Why I joined ASA: I decided to join ASA because I wanted an opportunity to discuss and be with other people from the continent without having to feel guilty or apologize for the sense of pride I feel when I talk about Ghana. My culture is a very important part of who I am and getting to explore and share it with others is something I really value. ASA provides me with the space to do so and lets me hear and be with others who feel the same about their country.
OMA & Diversity and Collaboration Chair: Abiodun Oni
Class of 2020
Major: Chemistry
Why I joined ASA: I joined ASA because I wanted to be well-connected with fellow students who are also of African descent. I also like the fact that ASA not only allows for student bonding, but provides a space for us students to come together and discuss issues in the Motherland, whether it be past, current, or future.
Events Co-Chair: Eniitan Tejusho
Class of 2021
Major: Medicine, Science, and the Humanities
Why I joined ASA: I joined ASA because I wanted a home away from home on campus and because I wanted to share that home with the greater Hopkins and Baltimore community. This organization has allowed me to learn more about the continent and myself, and being a member has been a very rewarding and fun experience!
Events Co-Chair: Serwah Afranie
Class of 2020
Majors: Biology and Public Health
Why I joined ASA: ASA should be able to make students aware of the issues occurring in Africa. A lot of conflicts and tragedies occur at the same scale or even worse than some other tragedies around the world, based on how the media covers it. I want to help bring more attention to the happenings of Africa to the student body.

Alumni & Membership Retention Chair: Nkechi Uradu
Class of 2020
Major: Public Health
Why I joined ASA: I was motivated to join ASA in order to spread the love of my culture to other students. Not only is this organization a wonderful way to meet other students of a similar cultural background, but it is also a great way to educate the public about the continent of Africa. I wanted to be a part of a community that showed to others the many things that the continent can offer.

Publicity & Public Relations Chair: Nana Mansa Ankrah
Class of 2021
Major: Public Health
Minor: Psychology
Why I joined ASA: I joined ASA for a couple reasons. I joined so that I could connect and meet other African students at Hopkins. I also joined to learn more about, not only my culture, but other cultures across the continent. I later got involved as publicity and public relations chair in order to “spread the word” about Africa and all the wonderful things we have to offer, ranging from people, to culture… everything.

Research, History, and Education Chair: Simi Aluko
Class of 2021
Major: Civil Engineering
Minor: Theatre Studies
Why I joined ASA: I want the Hopkins community to thrive on the coexistence unity in cultural diversity. I believe that in order for this to happen, cultural exchange is necessary. Being part of ASA is my way of contributing to the diversity pool here at Hopkins.

Fundraising & Community Service Chair: Maalson Nyonna
Class of 2021
Majors: International Studies and Public Health
Why I joined ASA: I joined ASA because I wanted to learn more about the continent. I was looking for a place where I can have engaging discourse about issues on the continent, and I found it in ASA.

Webmaster & Technician: Fatima Ceesay
Class of 2021
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Minor: Engineering for Sustainable Development.
Why I joined ASA: I joined the ASA because I enjoy the many stimulating discussions we have about the continent. After every meeting, I go home with a lot to think about and that is what I love most about this organization.

 

Freshman Representative: Olayide Ashiru
Class of 2022
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Why I joined ASA: Going into a new chapter of my life at Hopkins, I wanted to become more in touch with my culture and help the initiative ASA has to break down the stigmas people have about Africa as a whole. As Freshman Rep, I want to help be a voice for the freshman class for something I am
passionate about and I’m excited to see where the year goes!

 

Freshman Representative: Oluwatobi Ogunbiyi
Class of 2022
Major: Public Health
Why I joined ASA: I see ASA as an opportunity to share with other people the Beauty that is Africa and to be part of a team who genuinely believe that Africa will be the Superpower it can be!