Africa Day. What about?

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.

 

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Racism and tribalism; mockery or inspired?

Racism and tribalism have long existed in the history of mankind. Other people take it to be fun not knowing it affects a fraction of society in any given setting and others take it to be mockery of sorts. For example, some Ugandans are insensitive of other tribes calling and branding them with all forms absurdities.

Therefore, if not well handled, tribal and racial differences can either build up or tear down communities and neighbourhoods.

Racism and Tribalism
Different reports that have been written suggesting that racism and tribalism are not an innate characteristic that are learned as people grow older. Case in point, some people believe that seeing a certain race say a black face, it triggers a stronger response in the amygdala (part of the brain that controls emotional response and threat detection). Continue reading Racism and tribalism; mockery or inspired?