Celebrating Africa Day

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Thursday marked Africa Day.

It was first declared in 1963, to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity the predecessor of the AU. But it’s since evolved into a day that recognises the continent’s potential. Official celebrations have been taking place at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, says today is an opportunity for countries to reaffirm their commitment to the AU’s Agenda 2063. It’s also a chance to address some of the challenges the continent faces.

For their part, South Africans are celebrating Africa Day by acknowledging the gains the continent has made over the years.

CGTN hit the streets of Cape Town to speak to locals about what Africa Day means to them.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma says Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate solidarity, friendship and a common humanity.

Zuma was speaking at the country’s official celebrations in Pretoria. CGTN’s Yolisa Njamela has more.

CGTN also went out onto the streets of Harare, to find out what Zimbabweans think about Africa Day.

In Tunisia, students are spending the Africa Day by sharing their culture with other young people from different countries on the continent.

 

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