Thursday is Africa Day, and celebrations are expected across the African continent.
The day, previously known as African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day, is the annual commemoration of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.
On 25 May 1963, Africa made history with the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which brought the Continent together. Since then, the 25 May has been celebrated widely across the world particularly in Africa to signify Africa’s identity and unity.
Africa is on the march towards a more prosperous future in which all its citizens, young, old, male, female, rural, urban, of all creeds and backgrounds are empowered to realize their full potential, live with satisfaction and pride about their continent. A future with healthy, well educated people living in robust and developed economies. Indeed, this is a progressive march towards the “Africa we want” as envisioned in Agenda 2063.
The African union (AU) is now in full swing driving Agenda 2063 to realize the African people’s aspirations. Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 particularly talks of “an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African People, especially its women, youth and caring for children”.
Makamba Online message
First and foremost, we are sons and daughters of this soil. We are born of Africa and have this land mass as our home and future. Therefore, we should not look at our destiny through the eyes of others but through our own wit and wisdom, through an understanding of a common humanity, as this is what makes us at one with ourselves and at home with the world.
Even as we have been subjected to the effects of colonialism, segregation and apartheid and as we acknowledge that we reside in an era of rapid globalisation, even as others seek to dehumanise us and leave us with their culture of violence, which we fight every day, every point of the way, we still need to stand our ground.
Celebrate Africa Day!
Makamba Online team