Last Saturday, February 28th, 2015, between from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Montverde Academy students enjoyed “Africa-Fest 2015.” Because of the incessant rain experienced throughout the evening, MVA Administrative Weekend Team leaders decided to relocate the event to inside the McQuaig Gymnasium and Activity Center. The weekend’s annual arts and cultural festivity was planned to commemorate the diversity that exists the continent of Africa. The on-campus fest also served as an enriching opportunity for MVA’s African students to share their indigenous customs, attires, cuisine, and ethnic traditions with other MVA students.  Mr. Matos, Montverde Academy Dean of Students, informed, “… the African-Fest had authentic African food cooked by senior Gloria Katuka, some students wore African dresses, and we also had African music. The event went very well, and the event was an educational opportunity for students to find out more about Africa. We are looking forward to our Island Fling and our Brazilian Fest.”

Over a billion people live throughout 11 million square miles (with a documented 1,500 different languages) of Africa – a land mass that incases over 5% of the exterior surface of the Earth. Nigeria is the most populated African country. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. 15% of the world’s human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It has 54 fully recognized sovereign states (“countries“), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognitionAlgeria is Africa’s largest country by area, and Nigeria by population. Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago… with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago.”