Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25, both across the African continent and around the globe. Learn more about this historical holiday.
Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25 to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (now the African Union) and Africa’s independence, freedom and liberation from colonial rule. It was inspired by Ghana becoming the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence on March 6, 1957, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. This year’s theme is Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.
For the second year in a row, MTV Base Africa and YouTube are sponsoring the Africa Day Concert, hosted by actor Idris Elba. This year’s virtual concert is a Pan African event featuring trailblazing African stars from across the continent, from Lagos Nigeria to Johannesburg South Africa. If you didn’t catch the show live, be sure to watch the replay here:
Finally, if you need more inspiration to celebrate the life, culture and rich history of the 2nd largest continent, here are 12 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day. Let this day be a reminder of our common destiny and vision for Africa.
Africa Day is an annual celebration held on May 25th to commemorate the founding of the African Union and the diversity of Africa. Learn more about this year’s events.
Africa Day is observed each year on May 25th to commemorate the founding of the African Union (successor to the Organization of African Unity). On this day, the people of Africa and the African diaspora come together to celebrate the diversity of Africa and to reflect on past successes and current challenges in building a unified and decolonized continent. Africa Day is a public holiday in many African countries and is celebrated around the globe.
This year, YouTube and MTV Base have partnered to bring the world the Africa Day 2020 Benefit Concert At Home, to raise funds to help families in Africa affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The online concert is hosted by Idris Elba and will feature a variety of African musical artists, like Burnaboy, Tiwa Savage, Davido and more.
Netflix has a special Made in Africa Collection featuring more than 100 films and TV series made in Africa. Apple has curated an Africa Now playlist featuring musical talent from across the continent. We hope you enjoy and find some new favorites.
The Travel Africa Movement has also joined the celebration with 20% off all merchandise in our online store. Discount valid thru May 31st with code AFRICADAY. Visit our store today and show Africa some love!