25 May: Africa Day 2017
|South Africa : Zulu traditional attire.|
The Continent of Africa observes and celebrates in a special way the 25 May. The day is known as “Africa Day.”
Africa Day is promoted by the African Union (AU). This year 2017, the African Union highlights the theme: ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth.’
What began on 25 May 1963 as a day marking the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Africa Day has evolved into a platform for creating awareness about all things Africa, in Africa and around the world.
Africa Day was formerly known as Africa Freedom Day. Today, Africa Day is celebrated in various countries on the African Continent, as well as by Africans in the diaspora. Some Western Aid agencies also celebrate the day to draw attention to some of the challenges facing Africa.
According to the African Union’s vision captured in “The Africa we want - Agenda 2063,” the image being projected by the AU is that of a continent marching towards “an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African People, especially its women, youth and caring for children.”
Referring to this year’s celebrations, the African Union Commission says Africa’s young people are an enormous resource for the continent’s development. It is in this regard that African Union Heads of State and Government declared the theme for 2017 as ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’.
Apart from the enormous political and economic challenges, Africa Day celebrates the African way of life, culture, art, the gift of music and Africa’s love for bright colours.