“The evolution of humanity says that Africa reaffirms that she is continuing her rise from the ashes. Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace!”
– Thabo Mbeki former President of South Africa, “I am an African” speech delivered on 8 May 1996.
Africa Day celebrates the anniversary of the Organization of African Unity. This holiday, which is formerly known as African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day commemorates, not only the founding of the OAU, but also its role in bringing the African nations together.
On May 25, 1963, 32 African nations signed the Charter of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which eventually evolved into the African Union. The charter called on the countries of Africa to work together more closely. It also advocated for African nations to be free from colonialism and apartheid, and it encouraged economic and political cooperation with the goal of ensuring that all people living on the African continent would one day be able to lead lives that are both free and prosperous.
The commemoration of Africa Day provides a chance for Africans to reflect on this historical moment as well as to celebrate Africa’s rich culture, history and resources.
Africa Day is celebrated on the 25th of May every year. Africa Day is celebrated across the world, in many ways, including formal gatherings and panel discussions, speeches by political and social leaders, and concerts featuring cultural entertainment, poetry and speakers.
The purpose of setting a day aside to celebrate this unique moment in history is to focus our attention on the continued, collective struggle against adversity and the unique ways African countries have united to overcome these present obstacles and those to come. It is also an opportunity to reflect on Africa’s unique legacy, cultural history, and resources.
If you would love to celebrate Africa Day and not quite sure how you can do it, we have a few ideas to inspire you, and all of them include memorable experiences on the African continent.
How often do you take time to brush up on your knowledge of the African continent. Do you know how many countries are in the Southern and Eastern parts of Africa? or how many tribes exist in this context, and how many languages you can find indigenous to this beautiful continent. These are just a few subjects you can brush up on and share your knowledge with others.
There are many African organisations that are committed to upholding the wellbeing of Africans, in different countries and regions. One example is the African Bush Camps Foundation. The foundation aims to create opportunities that empower rural communities located in vulnerable wildlife areas.
This includes implementing educational, health and sustainabilty programmes, and promoting wildlife conservation in vulnerable areas, among others. Africa Day is a great way to make your mark on the African Continent.
Besides donating to a worthy cause or a foundation. You can celebrate Africa Day by committing to preserving Africa’s precious resources through adapting a more sustainable way of living. This can be done through saving energy, going paperless, using reusable alternatives, and opting for renewable energy. Another way to contribute towards sustainabilty is to support sustainable organisations.
An African safari is one of the best ways to celebrate Africa Day. We would encourage you to commemorate this prestigious day by booking a one in a lifetime safari experience. There is simply nothing that compares to waking up in the wild African bush and experiencing wildlife like you’ve never experienced before.
One of the benefits of booking a safari with African bush camps is that we work closely with the communities around out camps. This means, you will not only be able to experience wildlife, but you will get to interact closely with the communities and cultural resources around our camps (depending on which safari you choose).
In many of the world’s traditional civilizations, music and dance are fundamental components of daily existence, on par with eating and breathing. The ceremonial dances that are performed in Africa, as well as in other regions of the world, each have a specific meaning. In addition to serving as a form of entertainment, it retells historical events, communicates feelings, honours rites of passage, and contributes to the consolidation of communities. You can celebrate Africa Day by learning more about the African Dance culture and why it is very significant.
At African Bush Camps, we celebrate Africa Day, every day at our camps, through incoporating authentic african culture in our menu, camp design and hospitality. In our view, it’s simply impossible to separate Africa from its people. Our staff, in-camp, understand this concept all too well. In fact, they have incorporated authentic, African dance into their welcoming of guests at our camps, to embrace and share their appreciation, and heritage with each guest at our camps. Not only, will you be visiting some of the most breathtaking destinations in Southern Africa, but you will also be given a fully-immersive, African safari experience as you’ve never seen before.