Africa Day 2019 ﷯ Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25, 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which is modern day Africa Union (AU). A celebration of African unity and culture. Over 17 African countries gained independence from European colonizers between 1958 and 1963. The newly-liberated countries felt the need to express solidarity with one another, and in May 1963, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to form the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). Ghana became the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence on March 6, 1957. Just over a year after its independence Ghana under the leadership Kwame Nkrumah convened the first Conference of Independent African States on 15 April 1958. The conference called for the observance of African Freedom Day once a year, to mark “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.” ﷯ “Without love, all of our human efforts in the sight of God can be useless” ― Haile Selassie I, Co-founder OAU The OAU became the African Union because of the increasingly economic, rather than political, nature of the challenges faced by the continent in the 1990s. The African Union was officially launched in Durban, South Africa, in 2002. The African Union now comprises of 54 member states, bringing the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it has faces such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty. The African Cultural Information and Integration Center (AKIIC) is delighted to continue our tradition of highlighting the strong connections between Slovakia and the countries of Africa at this annual occasion, the official day of the African Union. Slovakia’s links to the African continent are very profound highlighted by the many Slovak volunteers, doctors, missionaries, charity workers, tourists and other business relations with Africa. In this year’s event the African Cultural Information and Integration Center “AKIIC” will be show casing different African cuisine, traditional attire, music, art, and performances. The event will be taking place at Mareena community center on 25th May 2019 from 12:00 – 18:00. TEAM AKIIC


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