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Africa Day

Melbourne, Australia - Africa Day in Australia is an opportunity to celebrate African cultural diversity and unity as well as the economic, spiritual, moral, social, and cultural contributions and successes of Australians from African descent. A week of celebrations began with the Emerge Street Festival on May 18 showcasing local African performing arts talent and continued with dialogues, forums, sports, and a gala dinner on May 25.

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Melbourne, Australia - The Africa Day 2013 celebrations will include several days of activities culminating with a gala dinner and performing arts extravaganza on May 25. The motto is "Celebrating the Cultures and Successes of Africa Australians and the New Africa."

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Bonn, Germany - African cultures and traditions were showcased at a June 17 program in Bonn organized by Henriette Bagoussa from Cameroon and some of her friends. “I see more Africans here than at the Bonn Afrikafest the other day,” said one of the guests. A small exhibit of traditional clothes, pieces of art, and typical fruits and food brightened the UPF headquarters. Video and live presentations of drumming and dancing captivated the audience.

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Quito, Ecuador - A UPF-Ecuador delegation visited the office of ”Fundación de Desarrollo Social y Cultural Afroecuatoriana Azucar” on May 28 in order to deliver a contribution to the fund to construct an Afro-Ecuadorian Cultural Center.

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Tel Aviv, Israel - In commemoration of Africa Day 2012, UPF-Israel visited the Tel Aviv office of the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers on May 28 to offer them an award for their work assisting refugees from Africa.

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Tokyo, Japan - To the tune of Africa’s vibrant rhythms and melodies, about 100 people, more young ones than their seniors, danced around in Tokyo’s African restaurant on May 27. Commemorating Africa Day, UPF-Japan and a non-government organization Team Africa for Peace & Prosperity co-organized an event ‘Amazing Africa – Multi-cultural Experiences.’

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Almaty, Kazakhstan - Four organizations in Kazakhstan worked together to organize a celebration of Africa Day on May 26 that featured speeches, dances, music, a video, and a banquet.

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Melbourne, Australia - UPF-Victoria initiated an exciting project on May 26, “Africa Day Melbourne 2012” Celebrating African Culture and Successful African Australians. The event was held to coincide with the annual Africa Day celebrations held around the world, marking the 59th anniversary of the founding of the African Union.

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In commemoration of Africa Day, UPF-Russia organized a friendly football match in Mosocow and a forum and party in Novosibirsk.

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Africa Day 2012 was observed by UPF chapters in Australia, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the UK.

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Accra, Ghana - A celebration of African Union Day took place the day before Africa Day, May 25, at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Accra with the theme "The Role of Youth in Building a Peaceful Africa."

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As the world tries to forge a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to work with Africa’s leaders and people to implement an agenda that addresses Africa’s needs – an agenda that will set the continent on the path to the future we all want: dynamic, equitable and sustainable growth that benefits all Africans. [UPF chapters in Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the UK observed Africa Day 2012.]

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