Whenever I hear the word Africa I automatically think of kids laughing, celebrations, and nature at its purist. After twenty five posts on Africa’s Heartbeat, I am excited to talk about and celebrate Africa Day!
Africa Day is celebrated world-wide on May 25th in aims to recognize African diversity and success and to highlight the cultural and economic potential that exists on the African continent. On May 25, 1963 30 out of the 32 leaders from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) came together and signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
I look at Africa Day as a way to unite African countries and try to move away from the colonialism mindset that Africa experienced for centuries. As the Diaspora of Africa we should also step back and evaluate Africa as a whole. Although we have improved in many ways, we still have many more goals to reach. We should continue to motivate, educate and support one another .
According to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, “Each year, Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa and to reaffirm the support of the United Nations for their efforts to build a better future. The United Nations commends Africa’s recent efforts to consolidate its peace and security architecture, and to reject unconstitutional changes of power. We will continue to work with Africa in building durable peace, ending armed conflicts, boosting democracy, and promoting respect for fundamental human rights, especially the rights of women and youth.”
This year’s Africa Day theme is “Africa and the Diaspora.” No matter where you are, I encourage you to celebrate, dance, and eat. The following places around the world that will be holding events in honor of Africa Day all weekend long.
Africa Day in Dublin
Africa Day in South Africa
Africa Day in Washington, DC
Africa Day in Los Angeles
“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” -Nelson Mandela