Today, the African governments commemorate 25 May as Africa Day. So it’s Happy Africa Day from us to the rest of the world.
The theme of Africa Day 2021 is Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.
Formerly today would mark the African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day, but has now been officially labelled Africa Day. Henceforth, it will be the annual celebration and commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 5 May 1963.
On 9 July 2002, OAU was later renamed African Union (AU) in Durban, South Africa, but the holiday continues to be celebrated on 25 May.
Despite Africa Day 2021 coming amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the continent is still being celebrated globally. In Ireland as well as other countries in the world, virtual events will be organized to celebrate Africa.
For 16 years now the Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs has been supporting events to mark Africa Day in Ireland.
Colm Brophy TD, Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora at the Department of Foreign Affairs, speaking before Africa Day, said:
“For a second year, Africa Day in Ireland is being celebrated virtually. Africa Day is an important date for communities across Ireland. Today we celebrate our vibrant connections with the diverse continent of Africa. We also mark the immense contribution of the African diaspora to Irish society, including in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am delighted at the record number of local authorities bringing Africa Day events to local communities around the country this year.
“Ireland’s solidarity and partnership with the continent of Africa is unwavering, including at this challenging time. Ireland is working to strengthen public health systems in Africa through an investment of almost €100 million this year.
“I wish you all a Happy Africa Day, and I look forward to a time when we can celebrate this important day in person again.”
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.