Africa Day



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Why do we celebrate Africa Day?

Africa Day is the annual celebration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU), on May 25, 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world. The objective of the OAU before was to change the system of apartheid and colonialism, but now it intends to help the member countries in their aspirations for peace and development. (Source: Why do we celebrate Africa Day? | TAP (

At Maputo International College, Africa Day will also be on May 25, Wednesday. There will be a parade of costumes, exhibits per classroom, and a program where students will sing in groups, and there will be dances and poems as well.

In exhibits per classroom, selected countries in Africa will be displayed. Each classroom in the primary will be designed for the country that they represent, like if it is Eswatini, Tanzania, or Mozambique. Students will also be wearing something that their class will represent. They will then demonstrate these to everyone through a parade of costumes in which each student from each class will parade on stage and display their dress.

The highlight of the celebration will be the program. Each grade level has prepared either songs and dances or even a group recital or poem. 

Africa is different now. Much has grown and progressed. The old traditions are still there, of course, but the dances and music, as well as their traditional dress and costumes, have evolved into something that fuses with modern lifestyles and innovations. This is Africa now.