[AfrICANN-discuss] Happy Africa Day

Katim S. Touray kaamt at yahoo.com
Tue May 26 00:34:59 SAST 2009

Dear all,

Let me join Anne-Rachel in wishing you all a great Africa Liberation Day.

But, in a cruel twist of irony, Pan Africanists, and indeed all Africanists, as well as Africans in Africa and the Diaspora are mourning the loss of Dr. Tajudeen Abdul Raheem (http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/56535 and http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/603096/-/ujp3t8/-/index.html) in a traffic accident early today in Nairobi, Kenya.  I had the pleasure of meeting him in Madison, Wisconsin, a number of years back, and have since been impressed by his energy and dedication to the Pan African cause.  May his soul rest in perfect peace, and Allah grant him heaven.


From: Anne-Rachel Inné <annerachel at gmail.com>
To: africann at afrinic.net
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 3:43:25 PM
Subject: [AfrICANN-discuss] Happy Africa Day

Africans celebrate Africa Day
Posted on Monday 25 May 2009 - 10:40
AfricaNews editor

AfricaNews editors in Accra, Ghana
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.
Later in 2002, Durban, South Africa, the OAU became the African Union (AU). 

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,

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 peacefully. 

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. 

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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