AU Club Feature: Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association keeps busy with virtual events

The Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association has spent the previous year finding imaginative approaches to have occasions celebrating and teaching about Ethiopian and Eritrean culture, while working on the web because of the Covid pandemic. 

Before the pandemic, the club’s greatest occasion of the year was EESA Fest, which incorporates Ethipoian and Eritrean craftsmen and works around a focal topic every year, as indicated by Legesse. 

The last EESA Fest occurred Oct. 18, 2019 with the topic “The Diaspora’s Legacy Beyond the Continent.” The club couldn’t hold an EESA Fest in 2020 because of the pandemic. 

Paulos, who communicates in Amharic, and Legesse, who speaks Tigrinya, showed an in-person language exercise in the spring semester of 2020. Since AU moved online because of the pandemic, the club added the instructing of Afaan Oromoo, as per Paulos. 

The AU African Students’ Organization has facilitated a few virtual conversations, called tea talks, in the course of recent months that EESA has co-supported alongside a few different clubs, as indicated by Paulos. 

EESA featured Black creatives on Instagram as a team with ASO during the most recent seven day stretch of Black History Month. 

Pushing ahead from a virtual club configuration, Paulos and Legesse both said they desire to have the option to hold an EESA Fest 2021 as long as it is protected. 

Both Paulos and Legesse concurred that EESA to a great extent affects their time at AU. 

Legesse added that the affiliation empowered her to interface with the Black people group at AU and find other Black liking clubs nearby. 

“EESA has certainly opened those entryways for me to jump further into the various societies of Black individuals all over the place, and that is something that I’ll generally be appreciative for,” Legesse said.