On this day April 15th
DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
African leaders gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States. Present were representatives of the governments of Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Cameroon. This conference was significant in that it represented the first Pan-African conference to be held on African soil. Haile Sellassie and Kwame Nkrumah were most notable of the United States of Africa vision.
The Conference called for the founding of African Freedom Day, a day to “mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.” The event took place On 15 April 1958, in Accra, Ghana.
This was the seed that flourished 5 years later in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa and formed the Organization of African Unity. By then, more that 2/3 of the continent had achieved independence. This took place on May 25th and since then annually known as African Liberation Day.