The Africa Center has organized on May 27, 2023, in Harlem Africa Day to commemorate the foundation of the African Union, which was known as Organization of African Unity created on May 25, 1963.
“Africa Day reminds us of the resilience of Africa and Africa people and symbolizes progress and peace for Africa people,” Uzodinma Iweala the CEO of The Africa Center said.
For Her Excellency Fatima Mohammed permanent observer of the African Union to the United Nations, “Africa Day reminds us of our share responsibility to shape Africa. ” And she added: “ Our strength relies on our unity” that will help Africa to confront and overcome obstacles such as poverty and climate change. “ Together we can overcome obstacles,” she said.
The Manhattan deputy borough president Keisha Sutton – James whose ancestors came from Africa said that African diaspora in New York contributes a lot to the city. However, she thinks that “ a lot of work needs to be done to bring together a people of culture.”
A sound that was echoed by Christelle N. Onwu, Lead Advisor for African communities, NYC Commission on Human Rights, as she said : “ A lot of work to be done and we should do it together.” And she added : “ Africans are here to stay.”
“Love and unity in our community are keys to success,” said Salim Drammeh president of Gambian organization.
Africa Day is about celebrating African’s achievement and promoting African’s culture. “ We celebrate African Achievement,” said Mr. Uzodinma CEO of The Africa Center, which is a nonprofit organization that “provides a gateway for engagement with contemporary Africa.”
Mr. Lawrence was called to pour the libation of water on the ground as a prayer to African ancestors.
Africa Day was celebrated this year as African Union is commemorated its 60th anniversary.
Bazona B. Bado