The Or­gan­i­sa­tion of African Unity is formed

Vuk'uzenzele - - International Relations / Africa News - 25 May 1963

In­spired by the dream of a united states of Africa, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of African Unity (OAU) was founded by 33 newly in­de­pen­dent states in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 25 May 1963. A fur­ther 21 coun­tries joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion over the years. South Africa be­came the 53rd mem­ber on 23 May 1994.

The OAU was set up to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion be­tween African states to achieve a bet­ter life for their peo­ple, to de­fend African coun­tries’ sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence, and to erad­i­cate colo­nial­ism.

Its found­ing is cel­e­brated ev­ery year on 25 May, Africa Day, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a quest for con­ti­nen­tal unity, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion, and the restora­tion of the dig­nity of Africa’s peo­ple.

In 2002 the OAU was dis­solved and a new con­ti­nen­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion took its place: the African Union.

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