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Africa Day: What is it and what does it celebrate?

Africa Day: What is it and what does it celebrate?

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Africans across the world are today celebrating Africa Day in grand style, dressed in beautiful traditional outfits and putting on a colourful display of culture, food and diversity.

Africa Day was first held in 1963 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, when 32 countries formed the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU).

In the more than half a decade since, 21 additional countries have joined the OAU, with South Africa the last country to join in 1994 after Apartheid ended.

The OAU's original mission was to bring freedom to African countries that were still under colonial rule in the 60s, defend their sovereignty, uphold human rights and restore the dignity of the African people.

Nowadays, Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans - but what does it mean in a modern age?

 

Reaching back to your roots

Obed Kabutey and his wife Keiziah, both born in Ghana in the west of Africa, said Africa Day helped people from different countries come together to share their cultures and celebrate through food and dance.

"Our kids mingle with other African kids and it's multicultural," Mr Kabutey said.  "You learn about different cultures and beliefs. It's definitely worth celebrating."

Ms Kabutey said Africa Day was especially beneficial for their children, who were born in Australia, to understand their roots.

 

Read more about Africa Day here.

 

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