Why You Should Care About Africa Day

Africa Day

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Africa Day is celebrated on May 25th every year to mark the founding of the African Union.

This holiday is a time to reflect on the progress made by the continent and its people, as well as to celebrate the many cultures and traditions that make Africa so unique. 

Join us as we explore some of the ways that Africans are celebrating Africa Day this year!

The History of Africa Day

Africa Day commemorates the day on which the African Union was founded. It is celebrated annually on May 25th. The African Union is a pan-African organization that aims to promote unity and cooperation among African countries. It consists of 55 member states from across the African continent. 

Africa Day has its roots in the Pan-African Conference of 1900, which was organized by Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah and other African nationalists.

The conference aimed to promote Pan-Africanism or the belief that all Africans should work together to achieve political and economic independence from European colonial powers.

In 1963, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded. The OAU was a successor to the Pan-African Conference, and its main goal was to promote solidarity among African countries.

On May 25th, 1963, the OAU held its first summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This date was later designated as Africa Day.

In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU). The AU is a similar organization to the OAU but has a broader mandate that includes promoting peace and security, democracy, human rights, and development in Africa.

Africa Day is celebrated in many African countries with parades, concerts, and other events. It is also observed by Africans living in diaspora communities around the world.

Since then, Africa Day has been used as a platform to raise awareness about the continent’s history and cultural diversity.

It is also a time to celebrate Africa’s progress and achievements, as well as to call for unity and action on pressing issues such as poverty, conflict, and climate change.

The Significance of Africa Day

The day is used to commemorate the struggle for independence and freedom from colonial rule that many African countries underwent.

It is also a way of celebrating the many achievements of Africa and its people, as well as raising awareness of the challenges that still need to be addressed.

Africa Day is a day of great importance for the people of Africa and is celebrated with much fanfare across the continent.

It is also known as African Liberation Day and is a time to reflect on the progress made by African countries towards unity and freedom. 

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In recent years, the celebrations have taken on a more global focus, with events and activities being held in cities all around the world. This is a reflection of the growing interest in and awareness of African culture and history. 

Whether you are celebrating in Africa or elsewhere in the world, it is a day to come together and celebrate the continent’s rich culture and history.

5 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day 

Here are some ways you can celebrate: 

1. Learn about the history of Africa Day. Take some time to read about the event that led to the formation of the African Union and the significance of this day for the continent. We have already given you a head start there. 😉 

2. Listen to music from Africa. There is a rich tradition of music on the continent, ranging from traditional folk songs to modern pop hits. African music is sure to get you dancing! 

3. Watch a movie or documentary about Africa. This is a great way to learn more about the diverse cultures and peoples of Africa.  Check out this African movie list and get inspired. Do you have a favourite in there already? We do!

4. Celebrate with food! In fact, the African Union’s theme for 2022 is “Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent.”With that in mind, African cuisine is delicious and varied, so why not try cooking some dishes yourself? You can find some African recipes online here.

5. Be part of the digital revolution. Africa has made huge strides when it comes to catching up with the global economy. With a population of over a billion people, there is huge potential, especially in the financial sector which is vital to the continent’s economic growth. M-Pesa was the fintech forerunner and many other innovations have sprung from the continent.

At Cellulant, we’re leading the charge to create opportunities with our innovative fintech solutions. Tingg is an innovative, reliable, and secure payment gateway that enables businesses to make and collect payments for goods and services across Africa.

We offer a wide range of payment features that cater to the needs of both customers and businesses in Africa, paying attention to the relevant market nuances and preferences. 

From Checkout for online businesses to Payment Links and Payment Pages for Instagram entrepreneurs who do not own websites, we have you covered.

Tingg also offers Payouts for enterprises looking to disburse multiple payments to staff or vendors in multiple locations and Instore payments for the management of cashless transactions in physical locations.

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We want to make it as easy as possible for people and businesses in Africa to transact. That is how we choose to celebrate Africa today and every day.


Africa Day is a special day to reflect on the continent’s rich culture, people, and advancements. How will you celebrate today? Whatever you do, take pride in being part of a global community that celebrates Africa Day. 

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