Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), when the leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Remembering this day on Facebook, Steve Sharra from Malawi asked:
How many countries celebrate #AfricaDay as a national holiday? Answer is 4. Didn't know either. Wonder which ones. Anybody knows? #AfricaDay2015
Kenyan blogger Daudi Were wrote:
Happy #AfricaDay! Unity, solidarity, justice, peace, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States.
Green Beings encouraged others to appreciate the continent's beauty:
Happy #AfricaDay everyone! Take a moment to appreciate this beautiful continent we are blessed to live on. A moment to acknowledge the immense treasures available to us.. And mostly to salute all the amazing people that call Africa #home
Grazia SA explained what he thinks it means to be an African and shared a link about ‘nine unknown things” about Africa:
We are not African because we are born in Africa, we are African because Africa lives in us.
9 things you didn't know about #AfricaDay http://bit.ly/1FaC0wa
CCTV Africa asked:
What kind of Africa do you want? What should bring that change?
To which David Ugo replied:
I want an africa that is not alway motivated by foreign culture which is applied in a stupid sense at the expense of the entire populace.#iwant an africa that is eager to avoid all forms of corrupt practices.
On Twitter, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, wrote:
On #AfricaDay let's remember the continent's progress + the importance of putting women&girls at the centre of its longer term development
— Valerie Amos (@ValerieAmos) May 25, 2015
The Chairman of the African Union, Dlamini Zuma, noted:
You skill your people, they'll figure out what to do. #AfricaDay
— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) May 25, 2015
Nigerian satirist and lawyer, Elnathan John, advised:
Please before you put up the pic of you in African fabric, be sure it is not made in China. Support African products. #AfricaDay
— Elnathan John (@elnathan) May 25, 2015
Ugandan Public Relations practitioner, Sarah Kagingo, shared her African dream:
— Sarah Kagingo (@SarahKagingo) May 25, 2015
South African lawyer Barry Roux warned:
— IG: BarryRouxLaw (@Barry_Roux) May 25, 2015
Miss Earth SA—a semi finalist in the 2015 “I Am an African” contest—emphasised the need to maintain trade relations between African countries:
— I Am an African (@Me_Chaela) May 25, 2015
Jay Naidoo, the chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, described the ideal Africa Day:
— Jay Naidoo (@Jay_Naidoo) May 25, 2015
Most people online shared messages of Africa Day expressing the hope that Africa will change from its image of corruption, internal division, and lack of development and become what the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Union had in mind.