Archive for January 26th, 2013

OAU/AU Golden Jubilee gives special significance to Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, January 26 (WIC) -The National Secretariat for the Organization of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the OAU/AU said the Golden Jubilee has a special significance for Ethiopia.

Chief Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Coordinator of the Secretariat, Professor Mekonnen Hadis told journalists here Friday that Ethiopia is one of the founding countries of the OAU/AU.

Special significance is given to Ethiopia not only because Addis Ababa is the birthplace and seat of the Organization but also due to the country’s unwavering commitment to the ideals of the OAU/AU and also the active role it played in the last 50 years He said various assortments including three documentary films are being prepared as part of the celebration.

One of the films is depicting the establishment and growth of the OAU/AU and also Ethiopia’s role played during the reported period, Prof. Mekonnen said.

According to the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dina Mufti, celebration of the 50th anniversary of OAU/AU will show the future prospects and its current status.

Ambassador Dina said the event will help to demonstrate Africa’s encouraging economic growth as well as its progress in ensuring democratic and human rights. OAU was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa.

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Africa: The sleeping Giant up and Running

Sharing a wonderful poem written for OAU/AU 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary.

Professor Mekonen Haddis


Africa:  The Sleeping Giant Up and Running


Let the trumpets sound

Calling on Africans in the Diaspora and on home ground

To get together and commemorate

To rejoice and celebrate

A Golden Jubilee of our Continent

Let the drums reverberate


The year Twenty thirteen

Graciously ushered in

A Fiftieth Anniversary

Heralding Africa’s recovery

Proclaiming the renaissance of the Mother Continent

Its rise from nadir towards Zenith


Let the sounds of the Kora resonate

Calling on Africans to venerate

The Founding Fathers and their arduous quest

For freedom and dignity

For independence and equality

For they fought tooth and nail

Relentlessly without fail

To take us from gloom to brightness

From despair to happiness



Challenges, yes there are still quite a few

But compare those to the existing opportunity

Hidden in Africa’s underbelly

The inexhaustible mineral wealth

The ubiquitous fertile soil

The plentiful reserve of fresh waters

The cultural and historical treasures

The exotic wildlife under the bright sunshine

From Cairo to Cape Town

From Abuja to Addis Ababa

From Kinshasa to Casa Blanca

Whichever way you look

The prospect is never bleak

Go Africa march forward

With determination and optimism abound

Pan Africanism your indispensable shield

Grab the Twenty First Century for yourself and astound the world


                                                                                                                  Long Live African Unity


The National Secretariat for the Organization

of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the OAU/AU

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