Savannah State wins nine awards at Model African Union Conference

12/5/2019 2:21:51 PM
SSU at SEMAU 2019
SSU delegation at SEMAU

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Nine members of Savannah State University’s (SSU) Model African Union student organization participated in the 23rd Annual Southeastern Model of the African Union (SEMAU) Conference Nov. 6-9, on the campus of Kennesaw State University. The event was a simulation organized by the University System of Georgia Africa Council. SSU served as delegates representing the countries of Algeria and Tunisia.

During the conference, the students worked with fellow delegates to find what conference directors called “African solutions to African problems” through council and committee deliberations, diplomacy and the production of draft resolutions on specific topics.

SSU student delegates representing Algeria were Elainie Alix, Shykeria Edwards, and Nigel Smith. They earned the Outstanding Delegation Award.

SSU student delegates representing Tunisia were Imany Clark, Devin Durden, Ariana Johnson and Reauna Talton. They earned the Honorable Mention Delegation Award.

Otilia Iancu, Ph.D., interim chair of the political science and public affairs department and coordinator of the master of public administration program, and Emmanuel Nojang, Ph.D., coordinator of the homeland security and emergency management program, serve as faculty advisors for the Model AU student organization.

Nigel Smith, who received the Outstanding Delegate Leadership-in-Committee Award for his work on the Committee on Peace and Security, stated, “I am honored that I could be a part of such a great simulation of African diplomacy. From the international influences to the regional friendship, I will certainly not lose sight of what MAU has given me.”

“Bringing back nine awards to SSU is an all-time high,” Iancu said, “and it exemplifies the students’ dedication and commitment to success.”

In addition to council and committee proceedings, students had the opportunity to hear from and meet the Honorable Mrs. Aisha Alitu Musa, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who delivered the keynote address.


Pictured
(Front row, L to R):

- Reauna Talton, dual-enrolled through Savannah Early College, recipient of the Outstanding Delegate Leadership-in-Committee Award for her work on the Committee on Pan-Africanism & Continental Unity

- Imany Clark, a sophomore visual and performing arts major, recipient of the Honorable Mention Leadership-in-Committee Award for her work on the Committee on Economic Matters

- Dr. Emmanuel Nojang, Faculty Advisor

(Middle row, L to R):

- Dr. Otilia Iancu, Faculty Advisor

- Erin Jones, MPA program, recipient of the inaugural Eustace Palmer Outstanding Chair Award

- Schönn Franklin, senior policital science major and Model AU Team Captain

- Shykeria Edwards, a senior political science major, recipient of the Outstanding Delegate Leadership-in-Committee Award for her work on the Committee on Pan-Africanism & Continental Unity

(Back row, L to R):

- Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, SSU professor and University System of Georgia Africa Council member

- Ariana Johnson, a sophomore English major, recipient of the Honorable Mention Leadership-in-Committee Award for her work on the Committee on Social Matters

- Devin Durden, a senior political science major

- Elainie Alix, a junior political science major, recipient of the Honorable Mention Leadership-in-Committee Award for her work on the Committee on Social Matters

- Nigel Smith, dual-enrolled through Savannah Early College, recipient of the Outstanding Delegate Leadership-in-Committee Award for his work on the Committee on Peace & Security


Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university's 3,600 students select majors from 30 undergraduate and five graduate programs in four colleges ‐ Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Sciences and Technology, and Education.

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