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Africans celebrate ‘Africa Day’ in style
By Chidi Emmanuel
KUWAIT: Africans, Kuwaitis and expatriates converged at the Regency Hotel on Tuesday to celebrate the Africa Day. It is an annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the African Union (AU). Its aim is to celebrate African diversity and success and to highlight the cultural and economic potential that exists on the African continent. Celebrations were held in many African countries, as well as by Africans in the diaspora. The event in Kuwait was organized by the African ambassadors in Kuwait.
There were cultural displays - with each country showcasing its tradition and cultural heritage in their respective tents. The event also featured food fair, bonanza, free gift items and traditional dances. “Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the Africans and their governments and to reaffirm the support of the United Nations in fostering peace and to build a better future. We also used the Africa Day event to promote and lure investments,” the Benin Ambassador to Kuwait Taru Abudu said.
“Though this event we showcase Africa’s culture, tradition and its hospitality. The global community has commended Africa’s efforts in consolidating its peace and security architecture thus rejecting unconstitutional changes of power. We the African people will continue to work in building a durable peace, ending armed conflicts, boosting democracy, and promoting human rights,” the Head of Chancery Nigerian Embassy Bello H Kazaure emphasized.
On Africa-Kuwait relations, he said that Kuwaitis and Africans enjoy good bilateral ties. “We are not only friends, we are brothers,” the Nigerian top diplomat said as he thanked Kuwaiti leaders for their assistance in Africa and in promoting peace in the region. The program attracted lot of dignitaries including top diplomats and government officials in Kuwait including the former Speaker of the Kuwait National Assembly Jassem Al-Khorafi.
Africa Day is the annual commemoration on every May 25. However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity. On the 25th of May 1963 African leaders created an umbrella union called Organization of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 it metamorphosed to African Union (AU). The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it has faced, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty.