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Africa Day around the world in 2025

About Africa Day

How long until Africa Day?
Africa Day .
Dates of Africa Day
2025 Various May 25
BotswanaSun, May 25Observances Holiday
GhanaSun, May 25Observances Holiday
2024 Various May 25
BotswanaSat, May 25Observances Holiday
GhanaSat, May 25Observances Holiday
2023 Various May 25
BotswanaThu, May 25Observances Holiday
GhanaThu, May 25Observances Holiday
2022 Various May 25
BotswanaWed, May 25Observances Holiday
GhanaWed, May 25Observances Holiday
2021 Various May 25
BotswanaTue, May 25Observances Holiday
GhanaTue, May 25Observances Holiday
Commemoration on May 25th of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity
Where is Africa Day observed in 2025?
BotswanaMay 25
GhanaMay 25

When is Africa Day?

African Unity Day, also known as Africa day is celebrated annually on May 25th. It commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on this day in 1963.

While the day is celebrated across the continent, it is observed as an official national holiday in Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Namibia, Zambia, Mali, Mauritania, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

History of Africa Day

On May 25th 1963, the leaders from 30 of the then 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The OAU was created to help bring about change, freedom and independence to many African countries.

In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union.

Since the establishment of the OAU, a further 21 states have joined. South Africa became the latest and 53rd member on May 23rd 1994.

Following the first Conference of Independent African States on April 15th 1958, African Liberation Day or African Freedom Day was celebrated in Ethiopia, South Africa and Ghana. This holiday was replaced by African Unity Day in Ghana in 1963.

Despite the name change to the African Union, both the name and date of Africa Day have been retained and Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa.

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