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Addis Ababa, May 25, 2019 (FBC) – Africa Day-the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) is being celebrated today across the continent.

In his message, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, said, “On this auspicious occasion as we celebrate the 56th anniversary of the birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), precursor of the African Union, I am pleased to convey to each and every one of you this renewed message of faith in the realization of our common vision, namely “The Africa We Want”, as enshrined in Agenda 2063.”

He said it was here in Addis Ababa, following a protracted and heated debate that the Heads of State and Government of 32 newly independent African States created the OAU.

“After centuries of domination, oppression, enslavement and slave exploitation, Africa woke up and became aware of its strength and the underlying force behind that strength: its dignity in unity,” he added.

The OAU was established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 25th, 1963.