Africa Day

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2023 Date25 May 2023
2024 Date25 May 2024

Africa Day

Africa Day is a significant annual event that commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the African Union (AU). It is observed to celebrate the unity and progress of the African continent and its people, while also reflecting on the challenges faced by Africa. The observance fosters a sense of solidarity among African nations and facilitates collaboration towards attaining the collective aspirations for development, peace, and prosperity.

The origin of Africa Day stems from the heroic struggle of African countries against colonialism and apartheid. In 1963, leaders from 32 African nations convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to form the OAU which aimed at promoting the independence, territorial integrity, and cooperation among African countries. Nigeria, being Africa's most populous country and a key player in the continent's political and economic landscape, has always been a major contributor to realizing the objectives of the OAU/AU. As a result, Africa Day holds particular significance for Nigerian citizens, as it highlights their significant role in shaping the course of the continent's development.

In Nigeria, Africa Day is marked by various activities that emphasize the promotion of the continent's rich cultural heritage and fostering unity. These activities may include panel discussions, seminars, symposiums, and cultural performances that engage the Nigerian public on pertinent issues affecting the African continent. Many of these events are organized by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions, showcasing Nigeria's commitment to the achievement of the AU’s Agenda 2063 – 'The Africa We Want'. Africa Day, which is observed on May 25th, serves as a reminder of the shared responsibility of Nigerian citizens, alongside those of other African nations, to build a prosperous future for the continent.

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