Wake Forest Students Return to “Mother, So Dear”

August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

This week the students of “The Nyanya Project: Students for the World” returned for the start of another semester at Wake Forest.

With the completion of their first week of classes, the students are already planning for another wonderful year with The Nyanya Project. This past February marked the official chartering of “The Nyanya Project: Students of the World,” a major milestone for the club as the University acknowledged its legitimacy and strong presence on campus.

In the past year, “The Nyanya Project: Students of the World,” has played an active role on the Wake Forest Campus. In November, the student club raised almost $400 at their annual Campus Grounds talent show. The talent show, held in the campus’ coffee shop, consisted of dance troupes, spoken word poetry, solo music acts, student bands and acapella groups.

The spring semester included fundraisers in which The Nyanya Project partnered with other organizations on campus including Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Folk Night and a similar talent show in Campus Grounds, hosted by Beta, a Wake Forest Greek organization.

This school year, our executive board consists of Blythe Riggan, serving as President, Sally Rowland, serving as Treasurer, Nanami Miyazaki, serving as Secretary, and Tracey Pu, serving as Social Media & PR Chair.

Kelsey Browne (WFU '14) and Current President, Blythe Riggan ('16) share the Nyanya Project spirit with the Demon Deacon at "Accepted Students Day" in Spring 2014.

Kelsey Browne (WFU ’14) and Current President, Blythe Riggan (’16) share the Nyanya Project spirit with the Demon Deacon at “Accepted Students Day” in Spring 2014.

The club looks forward to another year filled with fundraisers and campaigns as we honor our Nyanya grandmothers.

“When I joined The Nyanya Project, I liked two things. First, I felt part of a group and more confident. Second, this group that I joined, we have a common vision,” explained Rwandan grandmother Experance Murebwayire to one Wake Forest student visiting the grandmothers.

The members of “The Nyanya Proejct: Students for the World,” find Murebwayire’s words to be true, even within the club on our Winston-Salem, NC campus. The “Nyanya magic” brought Wake Forest students, from all corners of the country and globe, together around this common vision and created our own Wake Forest “Nyanya Family.”

For those interested in joining this community of students, we hope to see you on Manchester Plaza for the Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 3rd at 3:30 pm.


Please contact President Blythe Riggan (riggab12@wfu.edu) regarding any questions about the student organization and its involvement with The Nyanya Project.

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