- May 25th is Africa Day!!!
- 1963: 32 out of 34 independent African nations formed the Organisation of African Unity (OAU)
- 1963-05-25: first Africa Day was held
- 1994(!): South Africa was the last African nation to gain independence (and join OAU)
- 2001: OAU was replaced by African Union (AU)
- Today: all 54 nations are part of AU
Africa Day (AKA African Liberation Day, African union day) celebrates the first pan African congress on African soil. In 2002 OAU was renamed to African Union (AU. That's when Afriacn Liberation Day changed it's name to Africa Day because in theory all African nations had gained independence. In 12 nations it's a public holiday: Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia and Mauritania. The Africa Day provides opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the AU. source
"Unite we must! Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignty, we can forge a political Union based on defence, foreign affairs and diplomacy and common citizenship, an African currency, a monetary zone and a central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation of our continent." - Kwame Nkrumah
"The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the Continent." - Kwame Nrkumah (1957 independence of Ghana) source
- Ethiopia and Liberia weren't colonized
- April 15th is African freedom day
- AU organisation is in Addis Ababa, pan-African parliament is in Midrand, South Africa (source)
The Africa I want ...
- Agenda 2063
- Letter to translate
- short notice
- 10 facts
- 2018 blog post
- this informative article links a couple of further-reads
- different views via quotes
- 12 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day by google arts and culture
How To Celebrate Africa Day?
The initial and common goal of the OAU was to free all African countries. Since all African nations are in theory free from their colonial powers it is more difficult to bring people together as goals are vague. This is also a reason why popularity may have fallen [source?]. Agenda 2063 can be used as a guide, but it seems very inaccessible. Every year there seems to be a theme, which I couldn't find