“I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the river, the deserts, The trees, the flowers, the seas, and the ever changing seasons that define the face of our native land”.  – Thabo Mbeki

Africa is not just a continent; Africa is the Ubuntu Spirit that resides Amongst its people.

Africa is known as a citadel of creativity.

Africa is a continent of 54 countries with over 1.2 billion people, that speaks over 3000 thousand languages, a diverse set of people with a rich culture and lands yet a continent with the highest number of developing and under-developed countries. It is marked by it’s many challenges, yet have so many undiscovered opportunities.

Africa suffers from harsh climate change, lack of clean water, low level of education amongst many other issues But remains a continent Standing strong, united and positive.

In 1958, when the First Congress Of African States was held in Accra, Ghana. Representatives from different African countries then were present at the Conference, which was about the progress of liberation movements on the African continent. This was a time where colonialism was at an all time high and the African people wanted their freedom from the colonial masters.

The conference called for a day to mark each year towards the progress of the liberation movement and to symbolize the determination of the African people to free themselves from the exploitation and domination of the colonial masters. 5 years later after this powerful conference, on May 25 1963, more than two-thirds of the continent had achieved independence, mostly from imperial European states, On this same day, representatives from thirty African countries met and formed the Organization of African Unity, which was replaced by African Union in 2002.

The year 2024, Theme for African day is Educate an African fit for the 21st Century.

Education is a very important Factor for all humanity. In fact, African’s are where we are today because of the education we received. Knowledge is power and education is the key to reaching the place of power.

But, what better way to educate Africans than to talk about Technology; The future beyond the 21st century.

The digital world is fast growing, Technology is fast evolving and Africans need to be informed more about the positivity in the use of technology. Continuous use of outdated systems can no longer fit our entrepreneurial, Financial, and education sector . There is great need to completely embrace a better method like Digital tools, Digital currencies and even AI to improve access to education, information and others areas of lives.

Let us all build Fit Africans for the 21st century and beyond.

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