Introducing the UWA African Students’ Union

August 8, 2019

The UWA African Students' Union (ASU) is UWA's first African union/club, formed in 2010 to promote the interest of African students and create awareness of African Cultures in UWA and Australia.


Welcome to UWA's one and only African Students' Union! Are you looking to network with African Students? Then you are on the right page! Get involved with the African Students' Union and BE PART OF A COMMUNITY!

ASU is centred on the positive promotion of African cultures, engagement with global issues, fundraising for charitable causes, promoting Africa-focused research and networking. It also looks to create avenues for postgraduate students to share their work and bring professional development opportunities to their attention through collaboration with AfREC.


AfREC works closely with ASU, sharing a logo (designed by ASU/AfREC member Abdi Hassan) and with the ASU President sitting on the AfREC Executive Committee. ASU also represents UWA on the Organisation of African Communities in WA’s new African Students in WA (ASIWA) University Working Group.

Meet the UWA ASU Executive Committee:





Ade is currently the President of the UWA African Students’ Union (ASU). As someone who strongly believes in serving and contributing to the wider community, Ade has managed to do so in various ways. He has immersed himself in several initiatives with the goal of uniting the people around him to achieve a shared goal. He is also the UWA African Students’ representative of the students’ department of the Organisation of African Communities, African Students in Western Australia (ASIWA). ASIWA provides a platform for African communities in Western Australia to connect and support each other in their respective initiatives.








           Vice-President: NAFISA ABDI






Nafisa is a young Somali African, born and raised in Australasia. She is the Vice-President of the ASU Committee. Nafisa is currently in second year of university studying Anatomy and Human Biology and Resource Management. To Nafisa, ASU as a support network of African students and instils a sense of belonging amongst Africans on campus.







Khadra is this year’s ASU Secretary, and she’s currently in the third year of a double major in Pathology and Microbiology, and Immunology. Khadra hopes of progressing into microbiology and immunological research and is greatly motivated by the lack of established medical research centres in the Horn of Africa. Being in an institution like UWA and having the resources and opportunities to network with other African students helps Khadra to pursue her dream of promoting global health. As the 2018 ASU president, Khadra hopes to bring wisdom and insight from lessons learnt in the past to ensure the advancement of ASU, and to contribute to the provision of a safe platform for friendship and networking.


                                                                                             Treasurer: TIFE ADEGBOYE


Tife is currently enrolled in the Juris Doctor at UWA, and she’s the 2019 ASU Treasurer. Despite the challenges of pursing a law degree, Tife decided to get involved in the ASU to increase the quality of social life for students of African descent on campus. This year, Tife would like to focus on increasing our engagement with post-graduate students by creating events that better appeal to them. She looks forward to an exciting 2019 for African students at UWA!

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