What are you doing for Africa?
In various countries on the African continent and World over, May 25 is celebrated as World Africa Day. It is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now known as The African Union on May 25, 1963. With celebrations sometimes stretching over a period of days or weeks, this day is set aside each year to mark the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
A national holiday in Ghana, Namibia, Zambia, Mali, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, May 25, 2017 marks the 54th Annual Africa Day. The occasion is usually observed across the continent and the diaspora through celebrations, ceremonies, live performances, and, most importantly, reflection. This day highlights the prodigious demographic and promote thoughtful action around the challenges facing African nations.
Each year, the AU establishes a theme for the Africa Day to guide the activities surrounding its commemoration and to help in achieving the overall goal of the uplifting the African Continent. The 2017 theme for the Africa Day celebration is “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth” which focuses on empowering her youths by highlighting the immense potential of Africa’s young people and their role in supporting transformative growth on the continent.
Yes there have been many changes in Africa. In the beginning it was fight for Independence now it is our development we are fighting for. Just like Ban Ki-moon charged us in 2015 to ‘intensify our efforts to provide Africa’s women with better access to education, work and healthcare as doing these will accelerate Africa’ transformation’.
How well do you know your Africa?
What are you doing to commemorate the Africa Day? The Africa of our dreams is achievable with our collective conscious efforts. We don’t need help! We need partnership. We have the needed resources and capacities. What we need now is to strengthen our relations and economic integration.
Let us take up this challenge and make our Africa a better place for all.