Today (1st of July) is Republic Day in Ghana – a public holiday celebrating the day the country achieved republic status fifty-four years ago. Just about a month ago Ghana, as many other African countries, also celebrated the African (Union) Day (25th of May) – another public holiday taking the form of an annual commemoration of the establishment of the Africa Union (AU).
Historically, Ghana was the first African country to declare colonial independence in 1957, and one year later Accra hosted the first African conference to be held on African soil (the AAPC – All African Peoples’ Conference). It’s suggested that this conference later gave rise to the establishment of the African Union in 1963 (then known as OAU). The AU now consist of 54 member states, and has today shifted it’s focus from supporting liberation movements towards being an organisation that promotes Africa’s development and integration. Promoting the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.” African Union >>