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Youth organisation for African Unity to mark African Day

May 24, 2010, 1:49 PM

Africa Day, May 25th is marked to celebrate the freedom of Africa from colonial rule. As a Pan-African organisation, the Youth Organisation for African Unity (Youth O/AU-Gambia Chapter celebrates this day to promote public awareness of the Pan- African efforts towards African liberty, integration and development. It is our fervent desire to realise the unification of Africa.

A media release from the youth group states that they would continue to champion the cause of mobilising the whole country to mark the day in grand style.

To this end, there would be a march-past, commencing at the Churchill's Town Galp Petrol Station to the Buffer Zone, where solidarity speeches will be made by participating organisations and representatives of other African national communities residing in The Gambia.

The Minister of Trade, Employment and Regional Integration will deliver the keynote address. After 2.00pm, there will be Pan-African songs by various artists, among them Dr. Olugander and Rongo.

One of the events of the day, is a free Unity Football Match between Arab African and Black Africans. This will be played just across the road from Buffer Zone at Serrekunda East Park. A child of mixed race will take the kick-off as a symbol of unity.

This match is intended to celebrate our unity in diversity in a way that transcends racial sentiments. It will also promote peace and friendship between two main races on the African continent.

The organisation also hailed The Gambia for the fact that last year the National Assembly made May 25th a public holiday in the country.