H. E. Mrs. Zakia El Midaoui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Bulgaria and Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors, welcomed the guests at the official opening of Africa Day in Sofia in May 2022.
2023 is the African Year of «The Acceleration of the African Continental FreeTrade Area Implementation (AfCFTA), leading to the creationof an African common space of improved welfare and better quality of life for all African citizens»
The African Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and South Africa, and the Honorary Consuls representing Ethiopia, Mauritius and Seychelles, have the honor to announce the “AfricaDay” celebration on the 27th, May 2023 in front of the Ivan Vasov national Theatre City Garden in Sofia.
To this end, senior Bulgarian officials as well as diplomats and representatives of the diplomatic corps, and the general public are kindly invited to take part inthis celebration.
The Africa Day is celebrated every year on May 25th, date which coincides with the establishment of the Organization of African Unity on May 25, 1963 by the leaders of African states. Since then, May 25th has been celebrated widely across the world to show Africa’s identity, unity and cultural diversity. African Diasporas also celebrate the Day through various cultural activities. This shows that Africa Day is widely observed on a global scale by various African communities.
In 2002 the Heads of State and Government of African countries replaced the OAU with the African Union (AU), a vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
On this occasion, we also recall the noble ideals and principles which guided the Founding Fathers of the Continental Organization of Pan-Africanist in their determination to promote unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States
In celebrating the Day, the AU which is a pro-active Organization that is trying to find African solutions to African problems, develops every year a theme. That why 2023 is the African Year of «The Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation (AfCFTA), leading to the creation of an African common space of improved welfare and better quality of life for all African citizens».
The celebration of “Africa Day” 2023, which marks the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the continental organization, is an opportunity to highlight African cultural diversity in various aspects by creating, nurturing and raising awareness among the general public, on the theme of the year 2023, as well as to show Africanunity through activities such as bazaars, cultural artifacts, African costumes and clothing, culinary art, which will be presented to the public, in addition to a program of music, songs, dances and shows that reflect African cultural identity.
Come one, Come all