Friday, 1:00–2:30, May 11
Instructor: Gbemi Disu
Coordinator: Doris Weisman
Although the borders of Nigeria weren't officially created until the British consolidated the region in 1914, archeological studies show that societies have been living in the area of modern day Nigeria for more than 2,500 years. Now one of the most populous and economically significant nations in Africa, it is often called the Giant of Africa. With over 250 ethnic tribes, this country is rich in culture with an innate diversity. We will explore its culture and heritage, specifically looking into the importance of food culture in Nigeria as a unifying aspect of the country. This course promises to be a gastronomical delight and you can sample some of the cuisine, listen to some of the local music and walk away feeling like you have gotten a taste of what it would be like to visit!
Gbemi Disu is the executive director for strategic initiatives and adjunct faculty in the Mason School of Business. Since joining Mason in 2013 she has also held the position of chief operating officer for Mason’s Korea campus and is a special assistant to the president. A passionate supporter of global prosperity, Disu has participated in programs that address the plight of women and children globally. She also founded the award-winning philanthropy program called ThunderCares and sits on several non-profit boards.