CELEBRATING PAN-AFRICANISM AND AFRICAN RENAISSANCE
Addis Ababa, 10th May 2013 – “Africa must unite or perish” said President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana on 25th May 1963 at the First Conference of African Independent States in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when 31 Africa Heads of State signed the Charter of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which main objective was to rid Africa from colonial domination. The OAU Charter of 1963 envisaged to “harness the natural and human resources of our continent to the total advancement of our peoples in all spheres of human endeavour”.
Fifty years after, the mission is accomplished. Africa enjoys its total liberation and its unity, enjoys an unprecedented economic rise, enjoys more and more democracy and good governance, peace and stability just to mention a few achievements.
Fifty years after the First Conference of African Independents States, on 25th May 2013, Africa will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The celebration of the Golden Jubilee will be the occasion to pay tribute to the Founders of African Unity and to the Fighters who liberated Africa from the yoke of colonialism. It will constitute an unprecedented opportunity to take stock of 50 years of achievements while paving the way for the next 50 years.
As captured in the theme adopted for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the OAU-AU, “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”, the year 2013 will constitute a unique opportunity not only to praise the achievements gained from our unity and solidarity, the values that underpin pan Africanism but will also provide Africa with a chance for renaissance and outline its vision and mission for 2063.
Within this year of celebration, sons and daughters from within and outside Africa are called to bring closer to reality the Vision of the AU for “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”.
In 2013, let’s celebrate together African Renaissance for One Africa in prosperity and peace.
For further information, visit the AU website at www.au.int. An e-press kit is available at http://au.int/50th which include all planned activities and communication materials.