Each year on May 25, the continent celebrates Africa Day.
Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) and aims to celebrate African unity.
Just how to celebrate the day is open to broad interpretation and different cultures celebrate in different ways with various concerts and ceremonies held worldwide.
Let’s have a look back at how Amadeus has celebrated Africa Day the past few years…
What makes Africans unique?
Last year, Amadeus caught up with its team across the continent to hear what truly makes every country and its inhabitants Africa unique.
Here’s a little sneak peak, but read more on our blog from 2017 here.
You know you’re a Ghanaian when you always first ask about someone else’s parents, children, neighbourhood,…
You know you are Ivorian when you have a high sense of self-derision and can also gently mock even very difficult situations (or when you keep a communicative cheerfulness good mood despite difficulties).
You know you’re Kenyan when every celebration you have calls for nyama.
You know you are Nigerian when everyone older than you is Uncle or Auntie
You know you are Senegalese when you have an easy and pleasant nature and love convivial moments over delicious local meals.
You know you are South African when you use “Ja”, “ag nee man”, “eish” and “shame” without even thinking about it, and when for you traffic lights are robots and a porch is a stoep.
You know you’re Tanzanian when everyone from your village is considered to be your relative”
You know you’re Ugandan when a Rolex is something you eat, not something you wear.
We shared a little bit of history…
Did you know that between 1958 and 1963, a significant number of African countries gained independence? The newly-liberated countries felt the need to express solidarity with one another. So, on 25 May 1963, 32 African countries met in Addis Ababa to form the OAU. The organisation agreed to have an annual assembly and to celebrate Africa Day each year on 25 May. For a bit more history, check out our blog from 2016.
The continent of opportunities…
Paul De Villiers, Director of Amadeus Africa, reminded us in 2016 that Africa is the continent of ‘1.2 billion opportunities’.
The continent we love….
We shared with you the ten things we love the most about Africa from its quirky airports to its magic, its food, its people and its wildlife.
Show us how you’ll #DoAfricaDay this week
Africa Day gives everyone the opportunity to consider Africa as a whole continent, with all its different people, languages and geographies… What makes you unique? What unites you?
We would love to see pictures of how you celebrate this special day and what makes you and your country uniquely African. Post your pictures on our Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #DoAfricaDay.