Let us unite and build the Africa we want- Chakwera

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera

President Lazarus Chakwera has called for collective efforts in building a united block in advancing the people's aspirations on the continent.'

He made the remarks when he delivered a special message as the continent commemorated Africa Day on May 25.

Chakwera urged  Africans to take special pride in the progress made through the African Union (AU) in advancing the causes of common unity, security and prosperity.

“But we must never forget that ours is a fragile continent susceptible to disturbances from within and shocks from without. As such, creating the Africa we want must be a collective effort which means we need the African Union now more than ever before to maximize our resilience as Africans."

Chakwera emphasized on the importance of unity as the continent advances the aspirations of its people.

"To open the gates of trade, we must unite. To build bridges of peace and security, we must unite. To water the seeds of democracy, we must unite. To root out corruption from our States, we must unite. To protect our people from pandemics, we must unite. To leverage the youths’ dividend in our arts, culture and heritage, we must unite. Let us unite and build the Africa we want," said Chakwera.

Africa Day formerly known as African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day, is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 5, 1963.

The organization was later transformed into the African Union on July 9, 2002, in Durban, South Africa, but the holiday continues to be celebrated on May 25. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent as well as around the world.

This year it is being commemorated under the theme of "Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want".