Africa Day Celebration: Building the Africa We Want with the Youth through Arts, Culture, Heritage, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
This year’s Africa Day commemoration focuses on the youths and aims to serve as a platform for showcasing Africa’s talent through the arts, culture, heritage, innovation and entrepreneurship, while at the same time making available the space for networking among the youths and invited stakeholders.
The objectives of the virtual event on Africa Day are as follows:
• Currently, there are about 600 million young people in Africa that are not employed, are uneducated or are in insecure employment. The event will therefore illuminate the need to invest in social and economic development, and especially entrepreneurship in order to meet high demand for employment.
• The commemoration on Africa Day in 2020 finds us in the time of COVID-19. While this is a challenging time not only for the African continent but for people worldwide, the event will seek to promote African youth’s resilience and active participation in finding and implementing solutions towards the continent’s development.
• To create an appreciation of the innovations in Africa that seek to address the various challenges on the continent and that also have the potential to provide solutions towards Africa’s transformation.
• To identify innovations and young entrepreneurs whose work can contribute towards the AUDA-NEPAD’s programmatic interventions and be potentially showcased further at various regional or continental forums and platforms.