Entice: ASA’s Annual Date Auction
BY KRISTINA HART
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the University of Maryland’s African Student Association hosted their annual charity date auction entitled, Entice. All the proceeds from this date auction went to the Jordan McNair Foundation, which aims to diminish the number of heat related deaths in student athletes.
The night kicked off hosted by ASA’s very own Tomi Ajiboye and Towson’s Derick Appiah. The event had different auctioneers from Howard University (Esther Okechukwu and Desmond Okah), Morgan State University (Oluwatosin Tubo,) and Bowie State University (Mahdia Sesay). Of course, it could not be a UMD event without some UMD auctioneers, so Yonatan Mengesha, Christianne Owunna, Naomi Choti and Tamba Yarjah stepped up to the plate.
With roses in hand, given out by Mr. and Ms. ASA as guests walked in, Morgan Jackson—the first auctioneer—graced the stage with blue and white flowers raised up and ready to bid on the contestant.
With the crowd ready to compete for their dates, the auctioneers were asked various questions like, “What is you dream date?” and “What do you look for in an ideal partner?”. As the questions continued, suitors who felt that they were the perfect fit got into bidding wars for the date they wanted.
Member of ASA’s executive board Nthabiseng Cooper was at the epicenter of an intense bidding war. Mr. ASA Elijah Achu and an audience member went back and forth bidding hundreds of dollars. Just when Mr. ASA thought he won a date, an audience member shattered his dream as he bid $450 ASA dollars and claimed his date in the biggest bid of the night. It was another successful event for the African Student Association and it rewarding to see all the donations go towards such a beneficial foundation.