The Pan African Movement-Rwanda Chapter (PAM-Rwanda) will join the rest of the World, especially Africans on 25th May 2017 to mark African Liberation Day 2017.
According to a statement from PAM-Rwanda, this celebration shall be part of a two weeks long Pan African Movement Week (PAM Week) activities starting from May 14th to May 27th, 2017.
The continental theme for this year is, “Harnessing Demographic Dividend through Investment in African Youth”, while the local theme will focus on: “The Role of Media in nurturing the African Youth for the Total Liberation of Africa”.
The Pan African Movement Rwanda is in charge of taking the lead in promoting the Pan Africanism ideology within the nation by translating it into tangible results in line with the national development Agenda. The major objective is to build a self-reliant and totally liberated Africa; “Africa without Complex”.
The ALD to be celebrated with public participation will be centered on the objectives: mobilizing and creating public awareness on PAN Africanism and PAM Rwanda in particular; building a strongly committed Rwandan Media that can effectively contribute to the liberation of Rwandans and Africans at large from the vestiges of neo-colonial mentalities and initiating a program that encourages the Rwanda researchers, intellectuals and senior Government officials to interrogate and dialogue on the causes of Africa setbacks, their possible remedies and to codify and publish the successful home- grown solutions that have worked for Rwanda in Particular and can be best practices for other African nations.
It also intends to re-energize the Youth on their role in the liberation of Africa from the neo-colonialism dependency to self-reliance.
There will be Public talks at Rwanda Revenue Hall from 22nd to 24th May 2017, focusing on major challenges facing the Pan African dream-Africa We Want, and Umuganda activities in selected areas.
Furthermore, PAM Stricture will be established in grassroots at Cell level and Umuganda.
The event will commence at 2.00pm at Camp Kigali Tents Nyarugenge district, where the key note speeches will be delivered. ALD celebrations will include Africa Night that will showcase African Music, dance, films and dishes.
Background to ALD
On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra Ghana, African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States.
This conference was significant in that it represented the first Pan-African Conference held on African soil. It was also significant in that it represented the collective expression of African People’s disgust with the system of colonialism and imperialism, which brought so much suffering to African People.
Further, it represented the collective will to see the system of colonialism permanently done away with. The meeting designated April 15 Africa Freedom day. In 1963, a historic meeting, the First Conference of Independent African States took place in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
On 25 May 1963, leaders of thirty—‐two independent African states met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two—‐thirds of the continent had achieved independence.
At this meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from 15 April to 25 May, and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day. Since I963, 25 May is celebrated and known as Africa Day. On this day, many African countries Celebrate the hard—‐fought achievement of their freedom from European colonial powers.
- Panafricanists in Rwanda after the celebration of Africa Liberation Day at the University of Rwanda headquarters last year.