Africa Day

This year, the theme for Africa Day focuses on malnutrition and food insecurity. Image via Pixabay

Theme, origins and celebrations: Everything to know about Africa Day 2022

The theme for Africa Day 2022 is centered around malnutrition and food insecurity which has been amplified by COVID-19 and climate change.

Africa Day

This year, the theme for Africa Day focuses on malnutrition and food insecurity. Image via Pixabay

Wednesday 25 May marks Africa Day, where Africans from Cape Town to Cairo celebrate the beauty of our identity and culture. The significance of the day dates all the way back to the 1960s when several African countries gained independence from European countries.

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The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and brought together 32 African countries with the intention of resolving various issues, creating a “better life” for Africans and fighting against colonialism.

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), South Africa became the 53rd member of the OAU on 23 May 1994, just under a month after becoming a democratic country. 

In July 2022, the OAU became the African Union (AU) and 2022 marks its 20th anniversary. 


Every year, Africa Day is celebrated with a theme and this year, the theme is centred around malnutrition and food insecurity. In a statement from the United Nations president, Abdulla Shahid says these issues are amplified by climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“They interconnect with ongoing difficulties caused by such issues as changing weather patterns, drought, poor sanitation and crop-destroying insects – all of which have strong local consequences,” he wrote. 

“Reinforced action to strengthen resilience in nutrition and food security will help overcome the effects of many of these challenges. And it will lay a strong foundation to empower communities.” 

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South Africans have taken to Twitter to celebrate Africa Day with some posting images in their best African wear. 

Local soccer club, Kaizer Chiefs wrote: “African child stand up and be proud, remember who you are where you come from.”

“Happy Africa Day to everyone from the greatest continent that I love,” wrote one tweep.

“We must continue to strive for a better nation built on our values of democracy, freedom, equality and the hope for a better future for all members of the human race,” wrote another tweep.