Africa celebrates its 46th anniversary of the liberation

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Published on Monday, 25 May 2009 19:21
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(NSV)-On Sunday, according to BuaNews, cultural festivities for the African Day were in full swing in South African town of Johannesburg.

The City’s Department of arts and Culture organized the festival around “a feast of African music, dance, cuisine and crafts.”

In a press release posted on Africa Union’s website, “The African Union will on 25 May 2009, join the rest of the African community within the continent and abroad, to celebrate the Africa Day.”

Today is the 46th celebration since the

founding of Organization of African Unity

on May 25, 1963, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The weekend events brought together children, intellectuals, and great African musical voices “to pay tribute to previous generations who fought for Africa unity.”

“The annual Africa Day concert was held at Johannesburg's Mary Fitzgerald Square, featuring Nigeria's Asa, Yuri of Angola as well as South Africa's own Soweto Gospel Choir, Gang of Instrumentals and the Parlotones.”

BuaNews also reported “Children were treated to soccer matches and had their faces painted with the flags of the nations participating in the Confederations Cup.”

Other themes touched on in greater length include progress made on education, culture, social and economic fronts.

On Sunday here In the United States, members of African communities in Florida converged to the Tom Brown Park dressed in traditional clothing to mark Africa Day.

“We want to enlighten people about Africa and show them our own culture so that they really know how Africa is,” says Barack Abonyo who is the Interim President of the Tallahassee African coalition.

One member of the Coalition, Olu Sawyerr, says. “What affects one part of the world affects the other. So we think the solidarity will bring better understanding of each other.”