Africans around the world, have since May 25, 1963 celebrated what has come to be known as the Africa Day, following the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
The OAU later morphed into the African Union. Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa.
In Uganda, celebrations have featured extravagant dinners by government and foreign dignitaries in high end facilities in which they talk about ‘how to end poverty and disease’, according to Pan African Women Organisation (Pawo)’s Grace Kabayo.
On Saturday, May 25, however, Pawo, in conjunction with Capital Kitchen, African Movie Night Kampala and Media Age have decided to celebrate Africa Day with ‘Africa’s finest food, culture, film and music’.
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Call for a true African integration and empowerment’.
Kabayo said, “We are celebrating this because of Africa’s rich wealth, most times all the talk is about poverty, disease and famine, yet there is so much to celebrate. That is what we are going to be doing.”
“We have partnered with Capital Kitchen to prepare dishes from each of the 54 African countries,” she added.
The dishes, according to Capital Kitchen management, will sit on a 50 meter buffet table.
Also, there will be a band playing hits from every African country as well as an African movie screening.
Moses Serugo the curator of African Movie Night Kampala said, “Many people rejoice in foreign film yet we have so enormous African movies telling African stories that is the experience we want to give you.”
Tickets go for Shs50,000 for students at Shs100,000 for others. The event starts at 6pm with a casual African Touch dress code.
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