– by Ayanda Radebe
What does it mean to be proudly African? Who identifies as African? Why do we celebrate Africa day? These are some of the questions many individuals may ponder over this Africa Day.
Africa day is deeply rooted in the struggle for independence across the African continent which was established with the goal of promoting peace, solidarity, and cooperation between nations after the struggles people had faced. The day is celebrated on the 25th of May which marks the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which later became known as the African Union (AU). These organisation’s played a pivotal part in helping the African countries attain political independence from colonial powers. We celebrate this day to honor the significant milestone in fighting against circumstances that were not favourable for all citizens and therefore, presented an opportunity for African nations to unite and work towards their liberation.
Today, Africa day is an opportunity for all nations and African citizens to prolong their commitment in working towards a better Africa, a brighter future for the continent. This is a celebration of unity and diversity of African people as well as their contributions to world civilization. Africa day presents an opportunity for people of all ethnic groups to come together and celebrate their rich cultural heritage and accomplishments of the continent and further show solidarity through promoting awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Africa among people of all backgrounds.
Being truly African means recognising the good in our fellow countrymen who have strived for our continent to be where it is currently. It means focusing on the good and what’s important and furthermore working towards growth. As South Africans we have great potential in continuing to build a place of peace, unity, and equality for the future generations that are to come. We have the potential to change the world and shape it into a different dimension. We have the potential to become ONE and work together for positive change. It all begins with you!
Now the only question that remains is, how are you working in bringing about the change?