Ghana joins other African countries to celebrate African Union Day by observing it as a holiday today May 25, 2018.
The African Union (AU), formerly Organisation of African Unity (OAU), was established on May 25, 1963, to primarily seek the liberation of those African states that were still under colonial rule at the time.
The name was subsequently changed to African Union 2002 following the Sirte Declaration on September 9, 1999.
Among the key objectives of the AU are to:
- achieve greater unity and solidarity between African countries and Africans.
- defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States.
- accelerate the political and socio-economic integration of the continent, among a tall list of others.
Despite its sixteen years of existence, the geopolitical organisation seem to be struggling with numerous hurdles preventing it from fully realising its key objectives.
The lack of, rather, poor infrastructure continuous to be the bedrock of all of AU’s problems.
Theprobe took to the street of Accra to find out from some people, of what significance the AU Day is to them.
Shadrack Nkrumah, a student journalist from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, explained to Theprobe that, the commemoration of the Africa Day reminds him of the struggles for liberation from colonial rule and the ambition to unite as a common state.
He however added that despite its lean successes the African Union struggles to achieve its core mandate – coining a single African state,“the African Union has done something but has not lived up to expectation. Going back to memory lane the foundation of the Africa Union itself was supposed to bring about unity among African countries. We should have had the United State of Africa if the core mandate of the union had been followed but now it appears the member states are far apart. In terms of economic, political and social issues, countries in Africa are unable to rock shoulders with their counterparts elsewhere.”
Emmanuel Ayamga, a resident of Accra, says the day to him, signifies a deeper context rather than the symbolism of the formation of a geopolitical body it has come to represent: “it signifies the freedom and independence of Africa from oppression.”
The theme for this year’s AU Day celebration is “Winning the fight against corruption: a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation.”
By Edwin Abanga|Theprobegh.com