5 Quotes From African leaders At Africa’s Day That Will Help You Through This Week

Today is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which is now known as the Africa Union (AU), [established on 26 May 2001]. The OAU was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, when 32 countries signed the OAU Charter and 22 states have since joined the continental bloc. 53 years after the founding of the OAU, what are your thoughts on the progress made, how important is the day to you?

 On this special day, the continent celebrates African Unity and the attainment of independence from the yoke of colonial powers.

While political freedom from colonial powers and the right to self determination has been achieved (with the exception of the  Western Sahara), the continent still faces a host of challenges, which require concerted effort, and sustainable approaches.

The prevailing challenges include combating health issues, poverty, economic freedom, improving the quality of education, mediating in civil wars, ecological issues, fighting climate change and hunger amongst others.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa July 15, 2012. Photo: Reuters

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa July 15, 2012. Photo: Reuters

As Africans across the continent and in the diaspora celebrate and commemorate the day, we take a look of quotes from various African leaders, which capture the importance of Africa Day and African Unity.
1. “We must unite now or perish… We must recognise that our economic independence resides in our African union and requires the same concentration upon the political achievement.” – First President and Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah in his address at the founding of the OAU, Addis Ababa, 1963.2. “Unite we must. Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, we can forge a political union based on defence, foreign affairs and diplomacy, and a common citizenship, an African currency, a monetary zone and a central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation of our continent.” – Kwame Nkrumah.

3. “Yet all stock exchanges in the world are pre-occupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ore. We have been too busy nursing our separate states to understand fully the basic need of our union, rooted in common purpose, common planning and common endeavour”. – Kwame Nkrumah.

4. “We spoke and acted as if, given the opportunity for self-government, we would quickly create utopias. Instead injustice, even tyranny, is rampant”. – Julius ‘Mwalimu’ Nyerere, first President of Tanzania, as quoted in David Lamb’s The Africans, New York, 1985.

5. “The evolution of humanity says that Africa reaffirms that she is continuing her rise from the ashes. Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace!” – Thabo Mbeki former President of South Africa, “I Am an African” speech delivered on 8 May 1996.



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