Africa Day, formerly known as African Freedom Day or African Liberation Day, is celebrated annually to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963. It has changed its name in 2001 to the African Union (AU).
This day is celebrated in various countries on the continent, as well as around the world.
Leaders of 32 African countries assembled that day in the capitol of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba, to form the OAU.
Africa Day celebrates and acknowledges the successes of the AU in its fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress it has made with common challenges.
South Africa became a member of the AU after its first democratic election in 1994. The country also celebrates this day, to further the appreciation and demand for goods and services for arts and culture, as well as to stimulate competitive markets and trade between African countries.