Africa Diaspora in New York has celebrated on May 25, 2020 “Africa Day” amid coronavirus under the African Union ( AU) theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”
“Africa Day” is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963. It has been celebrated for several years in New York and in many other countries. Due to covid – 19 the celebration was this year virtual.
“African Union invites and encourages the full participation of Africa Diaspora as an important part to our continent…” said His Excellency, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations.
“Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development,” was the theme for this year. “ This theme underscores the fact that today conflicts still remains one of the biggest challenges for the implementation of agenda 2063, which is our development agenda,” said Her Excellency, Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations. She added that “ Africa Day is an affirmation of the sacrifices and dedication of our founding fathers towards achieving unity and prosperity of our people in the continent.”
To make “Africa Day” great, Africa Diaspora in New York in a collective effort has invited several panelists to talk about issues related to civic engagement, education, Business, and Africa future. More than twenty people have spoken.
As covid – 19 has badly impacted African communities, ambassador Matjila said “ covid – 19 is our common enemy…” And ambassador Mohammed called for solidarity. “ I will like to underscore that solidarity strengths us and remains our great asset,” she said.
Bazona Barnabe Bado