25th May is Africa Day and is a celebration of African Unity. It goes back to 1963 when the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded. On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. The name and date of Africa Day has been retained however and the significance of Africa Day was to reflect the aspirations of the people to have independent governance and help raise political awareness around the world about the state of affairs in Africa. Today all 54 countries in Africa fly their own flags and sing their own national anthems.
Africa is the world’s poorest continent and is often stereotyped by images of poverty, famine, corruption, civil conflict and crisis. However these images that make news headlines do not reflect the hope and spirit of the continent. It does not reflect the natural beauty nor the diversity of culture, history and heritage of the African continent. The images do not reflect the achievements, excellence, creativity, innovation, potential and promise of Africa.
Cape Point Route loves this map of Africa and the words written into the map! Click on the image to enlarge the picture. If you feel inspired to visit Africa – especially the most South western Corner – please contact us!
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