A Tribute to My Friend, by Yahya Zwita

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC I pride myself on the fact that I share very special relationships with my students that go far beyond textbooks and Grammar. When Yahya Zwita, from Libya, opened his heart and told me that his friend, Mohamed (aged 20) committed suicide at the beginning of the month, I knew that I had to be there for this young gentleman. Far from home for the first time in a foreign country with family and friends far away, I instinctively took on the role of his big sister. During one of our conversations, he told me that he wanted to give a presentation / tribute about his friend. I immediately agreed and said I would help him in any way I could. For his tribute yesterday (Thursday, 27 March) Yahya spoke to a group of about 25 students – all his peers. Voluntarily, he put himself in the spotlight…and spoke. I have always maintained that “Words that come from the heart, enter the heart.” This was exactly what happened yesterday afternoon. Here is Yahya’s presentation: Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming. This is my first presentation that I’m giving and I would like to tell you about my friend. His name was Mohamed. He was 20 years old and he had 1 brother and 2 sisters. His father died when he was young.  As friends, we had a magnificent time together and enjoyed life. Two weeks ago, my brother called me and told me, “Your friend, Mohamed died.” I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. He died at home at 11 o’clock. Mohamed lived this life feeling depressed. He had diabetes since he was 4 years old. His family wasn’t very rich. He stopped school when he was young, because he didn’t have money and his mother … Read more

French Electro vs Angolan Kuduru

From time to time, we get to catch a glimpse into some of our student’s talents. Two students who are quite hush about this are Chancy from Gabon and Denilson from Angola. It was discovered at our Valentine’s party in February this year that Chancy is extremely talented in break dancing. During an AY tutorial with Denilson, I found out that he dances Kuduro, an Angolan dance that originated in the 1980s. I invited the two young gentlemen to give a presentation about these dances. On Thursday, 17 October, both did an excellent job describing their dance styles and also gave a demonstration of each. Congratulations, Chancy and Denilson! Do you have any special talents or something you’re passionate about? If you’d like to share it with your peers, come and speak to Sheetal in the Academic Office (5.9) about giving a presentation. ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC