ON the 56th anniversary of the founding dream of a united Africa accompanied by a new wave of leadership, the people of the continent are on a confident march towards the frontier of Agenda 2063 and meeting the aspirations of Africa.
Agenda 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance
President Hage Geingob and Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on the occasion of the 56th Commemoration of Africa Day on 25 May 2019 issued a special statement to pay homage to the first wave of African leaders that started the wave of resistance that eventually freed people of the continent from the yoke of colonialism more than half a century ago.
The full statement reads as follows:
Fellow Africans, our continent has gone through tumultuous periods in her long history. However, with every challenge, and no matter how grave the difficulties were, the resilient African people emerged more resolute and determined in their desire to craft a collective Pan-African destiny. The bitter struggle for the independence of African countries from the yoke of imperialism and colonialism under the First Wave of extraordinary personalities led to an insatiable momentum for Africa and her people to unite in order to meet their shared developmental aspirations.
Today, as we celebrate Africa Day, the Organization for African Unity (OAU), founded on 25 May 1963 completed its historic Pan-African mission of liberating Africa. In that difficult, but noble task, we owe a deep sense of gratitude to the First Wave of extraordinary personalities such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Modibo Keita of Mali, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Julius Kambarage Nyerere of Tanzania, Ahmed Skou Toure of Guinea, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Eduardo Mondlane of Mozambique, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, Nelson Mandela of South Africa. After traversing a dark chapter of proxy wars, externally driven instability and coups d’état under the Second Wave of leadership during the Cold War era, the African Union (AU) succeeded the OAU, ushering in the rise of a New Africa.
On the 56th anniversary of the founding dream of a united Africa and her people in the Diaspora, accompanied by the Third-Wave of leadership, we are on a confident march, taking bolder steps towards the frontier of Agenda 2063 and meeting the aspirations of The Africa We Want.
As we deepen our democratic institutions, strengthen our resolve to win the second struggle for the economic emancipation of the African continent; the unity of the African people and a commitment to Pan Africanism is even more urgent. In our common endeavor to build a united, peaceful and prosperous Africa, we shall not relent in our determination to harness opportunities for the young people of Africa.
Let us pull together as Africans, as custodians of this continent of beauty and splendour. Let us pull together with zeal and dedication, spurred on by the spirit of those who waged the struggle for our independence. Let us pull together to emulate their triumph over adversity by delivering on the promise of economic emancipation and shared prosperity.
Citizens of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora, I wish you a Happy Africa Day!