Africa Freedom Day

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What day did all of Africa celebrate over the weekend? Africa Freedom Day!
What is it?
Africa Freedom Day, also called Africa Liberation Day is on 25 May and is an annual holiday in various countries in Africa, and the world, coinciding with African Union’s Africa Day.
How did it start?
On 15 April 1958, the first pan-African conference held on African soil commenced in Accra, Ghana. African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States. In attendance were representatives of the governments of Egypt (then a constituent part of the United Arab Republic), Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon.
The Conference called for the founding of African Freedom Day, a day to “mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
Five years later, after the First Conference of Independent African States in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, another historic meeting occurred. On 25 May 1963, leaders of thirty-two independent African states met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two-thirds of the continent had achieved independence, mostly from imperial European states. At this meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from 15 April to 25 May, and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD).

On 25 May 2013, the African Union (successor organisation to the OAU) celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary. And many across the continent ask what has been achieved in the 50 years since the pan-African movement for political and economic freedom.
Media Roundup
Below is a short media roundup from Facebook, Twitter and the news on this important occasion. Turn on the music and read along!
50 songs from 50 countries celebrating 50 years of pan-Africanism in just 5 mins
On Facebook
Picture from an African Freedom Day walk in Johannesburg, South Africa
A long walk to economic freedom.
World Bank Africa asks the question: “Why do you love Africa?” See the responses: and feel free to add a comment!
In the news
African leaders have opened celebrations for the 50th jubilee of the continental bloc with Africa’s problems set aside for a day to mark progress.
State leaders,Ministers and other invited guests from 54 African States were treated to celebrations to mark 50 years since the establishment of the African union. The celebrations saw dozens of dance troupes entertain the leaders with their narratives and dances centering on celebrations theme which was Pan-Africanism and Renaissance.
On Twitter
It’s Africa day, and the Guardian has a quiz for you. How well do you know the continent?  @lpolgreen
May 25th is Africa Day marking the formation of AU/OAU. Here are some celebrations happening across the globe  #AU50 @Africa_com
Happy Africa Day to all citizens of Africa! Take time today to find out a little about the African Union, or the…  @ekbensah
Today 50 years ago the OAU was formed – happy Africa Day! Bob Marley Africa Unite:  via @youtube @jcharlesleonard
Does anyone else see the irony that the AU is celebrating 50 yrs in a HQ built with Chinese money? #AfricaDay @BBCkomladumor
RT @sahistoryonline: It is #AfricaDay on the 25 May, read about the significance of the day —->  @TandF_Africa @AfricaGoodNews
RT @Kwabena: Across Africa, a lot more people know about the #championsleague final than the #AU 50th anniversary. #AfricaDay
We want knowledge, we want information, we want freedom. Hinder us not and aid us if you will. But dare not call yourselves civilized while we remain where we are.”  – Guido Sohne
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