Today is Africa Day, the day that the establishment of the African Union (AU) is celebrated. On 25 May 1963, 32 heads of African stated gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to sign the charter to create Africa’s first independent continental institution, the Organisation of African Unity. In 2002, the African Union was launched as a successor to this institution.
In 1999, the Organisation of African Unity decided to create a new continental organization called the African Union in order to realise Africa’s potential and put focus on increased cooperation and integration of African states to drive Africa’s growth and economic development. The African Union follows the vision of “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”.
Due to the current pandemic, the way this day is celebrated today is different than normally. The AU has organised a virtual conference on Silencing the Guns in Africa and the EU initiative ‘Meet the Neighbours of the Neighsbours’ has a special screening specifically for #AfricaDay