Africa day: celebrations in Addis Ababa

Towards A United, Peaceful and Prosperous Africa” is the title given for this year celebration of Africa day which also marks the first anniversary of

The Day is observed with respect to the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), by its founding fathers on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the current headquarters of the African Union.

The term of ‘peace‘ is in line with one of the four pillars of the strategic plan 2009-2012 of the Commission of the African Union, that of ‘peace and security”.

As the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Jean Ping, once recalled, the continent is heading towards a more advanced democracy which is sometimes difficult to achieve; hence, there exist many examples of success stories like in the case of Ghana where the elections were conducted peacefully. This, the Chairperson said, is proof that Africa is not only about war and conflicts.  The architecture of peace therefore clearly depicts that peace can be consolidated when there is unity and prosperity.

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