Welcome to day 12 of the winter blogging challenge.
Today’s challenge is on an event in African History and we are to write as if we were present.
I would be sharing on the Independence of Nigeria and the birth of the African Union (AU).
I started out writing about Nigeria’s independence. Nigeria is my home and for today I will be writing about Nigeria’s independence which occurred on October 1, 1960.
As I began to write about the independence of Nigeria, I remembered a great day in history, the coming together of all African states to form the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the African Union.
Happy Independence Nigeria
Today is October 1, 1960.
Victory! Victory! Victory!
There is jubilation in the land. Boys, girls, women, and men are on the streets celebration for Nigeria just got her independence from the British.
This was a day our founding fathers had fought for.
Today is a great day.
Nigeria had been colonized by the British and today, we regain our independence.
Song of victory filled the streets.
Nigeria gained independence from Britain under a coalition government led by Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who became Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who became Governor-General.
The Birth Of The Organisation Of African Unity (OAU) -25 MAY 1963
Today, May 25 1963 is a beautiful day in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The building is surrounded by journalists and well-wishers.
History is being made.
African leaders are coming together for progress.
The African Continent is being united.
Alone you have power but together we are a fighting force.
It has been a long time coming, with countless meetings, planning, and negotiations.
The room is filled with excitement as 32 African governments take a giant step to unite and come together to sign in agreement to establish the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) with the main aim of bringing the African nations together and resolve the issues within the continent.
The OAU is also focused on coordinating and intensifying the cooperation of African states to achieve a better life for the people of Africa. To defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of African states. The OAU is also dedicated to the eradication of all forms of colonialism and white minority rule as, when it was established, several states had not yet won their independence or were white minority-ruled.
South Africa and Angola were two such countries. The OAU proposed two ways of ridding the continent of colonialism and white minority rule.
First, it would defend the interests of independent countries and help to pursue the independence of those of still-colonized. Secondly, it would remain neutral in terms of world affairs, preventing its members from being controlled once more by outside powers.
Other aims of the OAU include ensuring that all Africans enjoyed human rights. Raising the living standards of all Africans and settling arguments and disputes between members – not through fighting but rather peaceful and diplomatic negotiation.
The OAU will become operational on September 13, 1963, when the OAU Charter, its basic constitutional document, will enter into force.
We are optimistic that with the new united Africa would be able to progress as one and the OAU will achieve her stated goals.
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Thank you for reading.