May 25 is a rather special day for Africans.
It is on this day in 1963 when various African countries came together to form what was then called the Organisation of African Union and now only known as African Union since 2002.
Championed by Kwame Nkrumah, the start of the AU was mainly about taking stock of the progress of various liberation movements on the continent.
Ghana was independent then and other countries were in various stages of their own independence struggles.
AU Day is marked each year to commemorate the achievements of the union that was set on liberating Africa from the grips of imperial European colonizers and improve the living standards of its people.
58 years on, it is debatable whether any of these two major goals have been met. People who believe in the existence of neocolonialism will argue that they have not achieved and again, the living standards of Africans not greatly improved either.
With that being said, it’s not stopped the celebration of what the day means.
This year, the theme for the celebration is “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa we Want.”
The AU is hoping that by going back to the basics of who we are, then we can truly build the foundations for our prosperity.
This AU Day, we also want to look at the celebration of the beautiful women who add magic to our continent.
Take your bow African women. You make us all we are and all that we will ever be.
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