Day 150-What I Learned About Africa Day

Cape Town

Happy Africa Day!

To be honest, up until today, I had no idea that May 25th was an annual commemoration known as Africa Day. Luckily enough, travelling allows us to immerse ourselves in a nation’s culture and history, while expanding our knowledge. After a bit of research, I learned a few interesting facts..

Between 1958 and 1963, seventeen African countries gained independence from European colonizers. On May 25, 1963, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded. A charter was signed in Ethiopia by 30 of the 32 independent Africa state leaders. The African Union evolved out of the OAU, which offically launched in 2002. The current chairman of the African Union is Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe. Although Africa Day is only celebrated as a national holiday in six African countries, it is widely commemorated. Now isn’t that a day worth celebrating?

“Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -Desmond Tutu


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