From 1945 to 1965, many countries gained independence from European colonial powers. Ghana was the first country South of the Sahara to gain its independence, influencing many others to fight against colonial rule. After its independence, Ghana hosted the first Conference of Independent African States in 1958. These events inspired an exciting chain which culminated in the creation of Africa Day today being an official national holiday on the African continent.
All You Need to Know About Africa Day
Since 25 May 1963, Africa Day has celebrated the annual commemoration of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), on 2002 transformed to African Union (AU). The historical roots of this day stem from leaders from 30 of the 32 independent African states signing a charter to bring change, freedom, and independence to many African countries. Today, Africa Day seizes the opportunity to highlight and promote the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa. As with many other African countries, 25 May is a Commemorative Day with cultural events, discussions, presentations, and activities. Many schools and businesses close to enjoy the day by participating in showcases, recitals, or conversations.
How Can You Celebrate Africa Day in 2021?
Each year has a different theme, with 2021s being: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa we Want”. With this theme, members aim to celebrate the many contributions of Pan-Africanists who have played and continue to play an important role in the African renaissance and rebirth. Africa Day is a great opportunity to honor and observe Africa as a continent rich with culture and diversity. Creatives can express themselves and showcase their talents.
I encourage our audience to participate by taking part in events and reading up on some of the history. However you choose to celebrate, take time to commemorate the beauty and diversity of Ghana and Africa.
You can join the Africa Day Celebration Panel Discussion on May 25 from 18:30 to 20:00 GMT focusing on “Creation Conditions for Economic Recovery in the Aftermath of Pandemic”, held by African Business Chamber. Registrations are free.
Written by Myra