Africa Day celebration soon
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Africa Day celebration slated for every May 25, is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of the African Unity (OAU) in 1963, with the purpose of liberating African countries from colonialism.
The OAU was succeeded by the present African Union (AU). The theme for this year's celebration is "unifying Africa through education and culture" According to Professor Mzobz Mboya, 25 May is a day when they commemorate the achievement of Africa. "Africa Day is a call to African countries to recommit themselves to the goals of democracy, good governance and accountability as espoused by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). It is also a day in which Africa needs to pause, take stock of its achievements and celebrate its efforts towards peace, prosperity and unity. That is why this day is so important to Africa" he said.
According to him, to mark the day in a spectacular ceremony, they have invited UNESCO, universities, ambassadors among other to grace the ceremony. He described the day as an African meeting day where people will look at what the continent has achieved. "We want to adopt a legacy project for this continent. We don't just want to celebrate the day, but we want to have a project that will always remind us of this day" he noted.
According to him, this brings into the need to strive for social justice, reconstruction and development as well as further strengthening the African Union's endeavour to consolidate the African agenda, the Mellennium Development Goals and the cultural collaboration that reinforced the regional and continental integration.
Author: by Mariatou Ngum-Saidy Midrand,Johannesburg, RSA