When is African Unity Day?
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|This holiday next takes place in 214 Days.|
Dates of African Unity Day
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|Commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity|
African Unity Day, also known as Africa Day is celebrated annually on 25 May. It commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on this day in 1963.
It is a public holiday in nine African nations.
History of African Unity Day
On 25 May 1963, the leaders from 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The OAU was created to help bring about change, freedom and independence to many African countries.
In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union.
Since the establishment of the OAU, a further 21 states have joined. South Africa became the latest and 53rd member on 23 May 1994.
Following the first Conference of Independent African States on 15 April 1958, African Liberation Day or African Freedom Day was celebrated in Ethiopia, South Africa and Ghana. This holiday was replaced by African Unity Day in Ghana in 1963.
Despite the name change to the African Union, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained and Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa.