Today Africa celebrates a mere 54 years free from colonialism. This day is known as Africa Day – formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day. It is the annual commemoration of 25 May 1963 foundation when the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union headquartered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. This day is celebrated in various countries on the African continent and many other parts of around the world.
The African Union comprises of 53 member states. It has brought together the African continent to collectively address the challenges it faces, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty, although it is still falling short on governance issues.
The theme for 2017 is “Building a better Africa and a Better World”. The message aims to inspire all of us to join hands and together we can ensure a better, united and socially unified country and continent by:
- Commemorating Africa Day and Africa Month as a celebration of peace, friendship and unity on our continent.
- Using Agenda 2063 is a joint African roadmap for continental development.
- Improving the lives of all Africans by promoting a human rights culture.
- Committing to nation building and social unity.
- Understanding that a peaceful continent is a requirement for investment, regional integration and socio-economic growth.
- Condemning attacks against foreign nationals. We must embrace and partner with our fellow Africans residing in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent.