The sun rises on Africa as we mark the 57th anniversary of the OAU

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Former president Thabo Mbeki.
Former president Thabo Mbeki.

Tomorrow marks the 57th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

In May of 1963, 30 heads of African states and governments that had attained liberation not long before assembled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they endorsed what was to be the OAU Charter, one of whose objectives was to coordinate and intensify efforts to achieve a better life for the people of Africa.

The history-laden continental body was, in 2002, reconfigured and birthed the current African Union (AU).

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