January 22, 2022
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Is Africa Day only a celebration of the past African societies?

According to Wikipedia , Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on 25 May 1963. [1] [2] It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

Across the globe the ideas about Africa day have always been linked with the African roots, remembering what we lost and where we come from. That on its own is a powerful message that fuels Africans to shine their true selves. So on this day we see many of African from different countries and backgrounds wearing the clothing that their African forefathers wore, dancing to the ancient African music and generally appreciating their ancient societies.

On Africa day the theme is also African recipes, meals and the images of Africa homesteads (huts) etc. All that has always been good commemoration of roots,
However is it all there is about Africa, the celebration of the past and not the appreciation of the present and up coming future?

Africa has progressed over the years, we can’t run aways from the fact that colonisation changed us, what we where is not what we are. And not taking aways the importance of History and knowing where we come from, but isn’t our present African societies worth of celebrating on Africa Day?
The colonial era was breeding inter marriages, different ethnic people relation, and now our society has a new enthic that doesn’t really know which part of the parents should they celebrate, all this has shown that as much as we need not to forget our roots but we also need to appreciate the new Africa we have now.

Africa now has tall building, fancy cities, extraordinary vehicles and technology, all those thing are the success and improvement we need to celebrate.
African is the past, the present and the future, and shouldn’t we celebrate it in its entirety?
This is a good conversation we should have about Africa Day and anyother day we celebrate or think of celebrating our beautiful continent

This Articles was written by Sambulelo Ngwenyama (the creator of thenook)

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