#AfricaDay shook the internet today and here’s why

To say the year 2020 has been peculiar so far would be a huge understatement. Since the beginning of the year, we have witnessed some unforeseen mishaps, one of which we find ourselves desperately battling.

In spite of everything, there are still those moments that serve as a reminder that humanity has and always will be accustomed to tearing down adversity and advancing the progress and evolution of our species at large. Africa Day today reminded us of our resilience and perhaps served as a distraction from all that is happening in the world.

Africa Liberation day, now simply referred to as Africa day, as the name suggests, is a day set aside for Africans to celebrate our freedom. To put things into context, Africa Day which was first celebrated in the year 1963 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia signifies the liberation of Africa from foreign rule, as 32 African countries came together to form what is now called the African Union (AU), on the basis that we share similar cultures, cuisines, attire, amongst other homogeneous things like shared struggles, a shared continent and a shared race.

One of African Union’s main goals at the time was to liberate the remaining African countries which were still under colonial rule and assist them in gaining independence; a mission which today we can largely say was a success. As the movement gathered momentum, other African countries joined the AU and in 1994, when South Africa finally joined, all African nations were officially members of the AU.

Today, Africa Day commemorates that movement, and every African is welcomed to partake of the continent-wide national holiday. Leaders all over the continent have sought to use this day to empower African youths, promote peace, integrate our numerous African cultures, and celebrate our shared history.

Africa Day was all the rave today as people took to Twitter to display the beautiful colors, customs and history that has defined us as a people. Included in the discussion were things relating to the African struggle,

culture,

Some of our lost history:

Our people:

and every other thing that contributes to the beauty of the motherland.

 

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