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African Hero's Day celebration is March 16

The African Student Union's annual African Hero's Day celebration is at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in Baker University Center Ballroom.

This year's hero is Professor Francis B. Nyamnjoh, chair of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has published extensively on various themes and topical issues in anthropology, African studies, and communication studies.

Nyamnjoh is the author of more than 45 book chapters, 62 articles in international peer reviewed journals, 10 books, eight ethnographic novels and a play. He also serves in the editorial board of several pan-African and 'Africanist' peer reviewed journals. He earned his doctorate in the sociology of communication.

Tickets, which cost $7, are on sale at the Yamada International Center, International Student and Faculty Services and at the door.

The African Hero's Day celebration started in 1993 to commemorate the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. Initially known as Nelson Mandela Day, it was renamed to reflect the heroic deeds of the recipients.