Africa Day is an annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now Africa Union (AU).
It is celebrated on every 25th May. South Africa is to host the Africa Day 2016 celebration at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
President Zuma says that the “Africa Day provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our African identity”.
It is a day that Africa celebrates their eventual emancipation from the western imperialists. Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the founding of the AU.
The AU is an internationally recognized platform for African nations to re-channel our energy and resources to move forward as a continent. If the AU were a piece of literature, it would be Africa’s way of telling her own story.
“Africa’s story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story”– Paul Kagame
The AU drive is basically to foster economic and political progress in the continent. The AU was pioneered by the late Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi. Back then the controversial leader sponsored the African Union.
Collectively the union deliberates on matters that border on the continent- economy, ecology, conflicts, health, education, employment, democracy, climate change and poverty.
Overtime policies have been made for the good of individual nations and the continent at large. Ideally this is the only association that has the core interest of Africans at heart. It is geared towards a more African integration and boosted development among member states.
Africa day 2016 lust like past ones is a day to totally appreciate the gift of being Africans. This is the day to celebrate how far we’ve come and how much we have achieved as a continent. Though celebrated within Africa, it is good to know that Africans in diaspora also recognize and celebrate this day.
Under the theme for Africa Day 2016, “Building a better Africa and a Better World“, the host, South African Presidency once more commemorates the help rendered to the country during the apartheid era. Zuma also affirmed the nation’s support to the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
Today there will be a gala dinner for African political and business leaders in South Africa; amongst other activities to commemorate Africa Day 2016. Celebrities across Africa are reportedly doing justice to this day.
“We must unite now or perish… We must recognize that our economic independence resides in our African union and requires the same concentration upon the political achievement.” -Kwame Nkrumah, OAU, Addis Ababa, 1963