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The African Century is a term that has a variety of meanings. First, the term expresses the belief that the 21st century will bring peace, prosperity and cultural revival to the African continent, or is used to draw attention to the need of such an evolution. It is used in this way by among others Thabo Mbeki, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and David J. O'Reilly. [1] [2] [3] The stability and prosperity of democratic South Africa since the fall of the apartheid regime is often used as an example that such evolution is possible. The creation of the African Union in 2002 is seen as one of the first steps in this evolution. Widely-recognized peace symbol Peace is commonly understood to mean the Other definitions include freedom from disputes, harmonious relations and the absence of mental stress or anxiety, as the meaning of the word changes with context. ... Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born June 18, 1942, in Idutwa, South Africa) is the President of the Republic of South Africa. ... Doctor Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma (27 January 1949 - ) is a South African politician and was an anti-apartheid activist. ... David J. OReilly is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chevron Corporation. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Anthem: Let us all unite and celebrate together Capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Membership 53 member states Official languages The African languages, as well as Arabic, Swahili, English, French and Portuguese Formation - As OAU - As AU - May 25, 1963 - July 9, 2002 Chairman of the African Union Denis Sassou-Nguesso Chairman...

Second, the term is also used to envision Christianity in the 21st century as predominantly African, due to the rapidly growing population in Africa and the decreasing importance of Christianity in Europe which would cause a "geographical shift of faith" in the 21st century. This meaning is used by among others Phillip E. Johnson and Philip Jenkins. [4] [5] Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament. ... Countries by population growth rate Population growth is changing of the amount of population over time. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... Phillip E. Johnson Phillip E. Johnson (born 1940) is a retired UC Berkeley American law professor and author. ... Philip Jenkins is a professor of history and religious studies and Pennsylvania State University. ...

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