This year’s celebrations mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU) on 25th May, 1963. Over the years, Africans Rising has used the May 25th historic occasion to mobilise citizens across the continent and diaspora on issues around good governance, anti corruption, civic space expansion and promotion of democratic participation, gender justice, climate change, reparative justice and broader African unity. Africans Rising was established to create a platform to amplify the voices of active citizens and citizen movements to engage and connect with each other in building solidarity and unity of purpose across the African continent.
In conclusion, he cited one of the proponents of Pan-Africanism and a passionate believer in African unity, Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah and urged all Africans to unite and avoid divisions among themselves, sentiments echoed by other speakers accompanying him. “Africa must unite, we unite or we perish” he said.