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On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra, Ghana, African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States. It was attended by representatives of the governments of Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, The United Arab Republic (which was the federation of Egypt and Syria) and representatives of the National Liberation Front of Algeria and the Union of Cameroonian Peoples. This conference was significant in that it represented the first Pan-African Conference held on African soil. Accra, population 1,661,400 (2001), is the capital of Ghana. ... Pan-African people are all people with African physical features. ...


The Conference called for the founding of African Freedom Day, a day to, “mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.”


Five years later after the First Conference of Independent African States in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia another historical meeting occurred. On May 25, 1963, leaders of thirty-two independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two thirds of the continent had achieved independence from colonial rule. At this historic meeting the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15th to May 25th and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). Addis Ababa as seen from space. ... Flag of the Organisation of African Unity, later also used by the African Union. ...


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Harambee Notes - April and May 1996 - Volume 2.4 - 2.5 (2769 words)
African Liberation Day (ALD) was established at the Addis Ababa Conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1962.
Rites of Passage are an ancient African tradition of marking the transition from one stage in life to the next: from non-being to birth (akika); from adolescence to adulthood (majando); from singleness to marriage (arusi); and from this life to joining the ancestors (maziko).
In the African worldview, parenthood is both specific and general, biological and social, so that all adults are general and social parents to all the children of the community.
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