When is Africa Day in 2023?
Africa Day in 2023 is on the Thursday, 25th of May (5/25/2023).
Africa Day is on the 145th day of 2023. There are 220 days left in the year.
Africa Day Facts
- Date: May 25, 2023
- Also Called: African Freedom Day, African Liberation Day
- Celebrations: Celebrations; political speeches, parades, donations, shopping, tours, symposiums
Africa Day commemorates the day African Union, formerly known as Organization of African Unity, was formed. Also known as African Freedom Day or African Liberation Day, this holiday is observed on 25th May every year. The day is celebrated in the US, UK, and African countries. Africa Day is also a public holiday in nine African countries that include Angola, Mauritania, Gambia, Ghana, Zambia, Namibia, Mali, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, and Lesotho. The rest of the African countries observe the holiday but not as a day off for employees.
History of Africa Day
Africa Freedom Day was created during the first conference of independent African countries held in Ghana. The meeting which was held on April 15, 1958, was attended by leaders and political activists from the various independent nations. Being the first Pan African conference in the continent, eight countries honored the invitation, among them Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Sudan, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and Cameroon.
The purpose of the conference was to symbolize the African determination to free itself from the foreign domination and exploitation.
Between 1958 and 1963, the struggle for freedom intensified and 17 African countries gained independence.
On May 25th, 1963, 31 African leaders met in Addis Ababa for a summit meeting that founded the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The leaders however renamed the holiday from Africa Freedom Day to Africa Liberation Day. The observance date was also changed to May 25th.
By 1963, two-thirds of the African countries had gained independence. The summit aimed to discourage colonization and support the work of freedom fighters in countries that were still in the hands of colonizers such as Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
South Africa joined OAU in 1994 following the end of white minority rule.
In 2002, the OAU was renamed African Union (AU). The change of name was motivated by the increasingly economic rather than political challenges faced by the African continent. The headquarters of AU are located in Addis Ababa while the Pan African Parliament is in Midland, South Africa.
How to Celebrate Africa Day
Africa Day is marked with formal gatherings, parades, street marches, and political speeches. Educational institutions also hold special lectures, rallies, cultural entertainment and speeches from prominent African leaders.
In the US, the day is marked by symposiums that address political and social issues faced by the American-African communities.
You can mark Africa Day by buying local products. It’s so unfortunate that Africans are extremely obsessed with anything that originates from the West. By buying locally made food, furniture, fashion, skin care products, and artwork, we are helping Africa grow.
Another great way to celebrate Africa Day is by exploring the vast beauty and rich cultural experiences offered by the continent. Africa has many travel destination gems that will blow your mind. From watching the Big Five, the greatest Serengeti wildebeest migration to predominantly indigenous people that have a rich history. So, instead of taking a trip to Paris for the fourth time, discover the Africa continent first.
Most African countries are the third world, and therefore its citizens are poor. Celebrate this day by donating to the needy African families. You can either raise funds for the good course or donate items you no longer use. There is no better fulfillment than to know a needy child somewhere benefited from your generous heart.
Interesting Facts about Africa.
• Africa boasts of a population of over 1 billion people. This makes it the second most populous continent with Asia taking the first position
• Islam is the most dominant religion in Africa
• The most widely spoken language in Africa is Arabic
• Africa is a host to over 2000 languages
• Interestingly, over one million Chinese citizens live in Africa
• Half of the Africa population is made of young people below the age of 25
• Although Egypt is popularly known for pyramids, Sudan has the highest number of pyramids- 223 in number.
• Nigeria has the highest number of people which represents 18% of the total African population
• Madagascar is the longest island in Africa and the fourth largest in the world
• Before colonization, Africa was made up of over 10,000 states each with a different language and culture