We celebrate Africa Day

25 May 2007 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Celebrating: Professor Melvin Ayogu, dean of the Faculty of Commerce, celebrates the Africa Day by dishing a plate-full of food. Different cuisines from different African countries, which Ayogu described as 'very tasty', were on offer.

Today (25 May) is Africa Day, and celebrations took place all over campus this week.

The Centre for African Studies kicked off the celebrations on 23 May with the launch of an exhibition by Kenyan-South African photographer Mimi Cherono titled Hinges. The collection explores the hinges that determine belonging or being a stranger in a country some call "home".

Hinges and hangups: Mimi Cherono's Hinges is currently on exhibition in the Centre for African Studies' gallery.

IAPO celebrated Africa Day on 24 May with a programme featuring music, poetry and a fashion show. Thato Marumo, president of the Botswana Society, delivered a keynote address, The Organisation of African Unity (African Union): Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward. Thami Ledwaba, SRC Vice-President External followed with Strengthening the Role that African Youth Play in the World.

The Faculty of Commerce's celebrations today included music, images, decor, cuisine and fashion. A cookery demonstration and tasting of African dishes was held at Leslie Commerce, and faculty members were encouraged to wear traditional African attire.

Africa Day celebrates the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, which was succeeded by the African Union in 2003.

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