[AfrICANN-discuss] Happy Africa Day

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Mon May 25 17:43:25 SAST 2009

Africans celebrate Africa Day
Posted on Monday 25 May 2009 -
AfricaNews editor <http://www.africanews.com/site/user_profile/255>
AfricaNews editors in Accra, Ghana
*African Union joins the rest of the African community within the continent
and abroad, to celebrate the Africa Day. The Day is observed with respect to
the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), by its founding
fathers on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the current headquarters of
the AU.*
[image: African Union]
Later in 2002, Durban, South Africa, the OAU became the African Union (AU).

This year, the Africa Day is being celebrated under the theme: “Towards A
United, Peaceful and Prosperous Africa”, in which the element of a peaceful
Africa is expected to be reflected, in line with the first strategic pillar
of the African Union Commission dubbed “Peace and Security”, which is one of
the four pillars of the AUC Strategic Plan, 2009-2012.

As the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Jean Ping,
once recalled, the continent is heading towards a more advanced democracy
which is sometimes difficult to achieve; hence, there exist many examples of
success stories like in the case of Ghana where the elections were conducted

This, the Chairperson said, is proof that Africa is not only about war and
conflicts.  The architecture of peace therefore clearly depicts that peace
can be consolidated when there is unity and prosperity.

A press statement by the AU said activities marking the Africa Day
celebration on May 25, will take place at the headquarters of the African
Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A bazaar of African objects and cultural
identity will be organized today. To crown the occasion, a cocktail made up
of a variety of the different African meals will be served to the public.

In a goodwill message to All Africans, the Chairperson of the African Union
Commission called on the continent to ensure that the historic significance
and importance of the creation of the Organization of African Unity on 25
May 1963 remain engraved in the memory of one and all.
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