Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 25th May, 1963. In Ireland, Africa Day represents an opportunity to acknowledge a diffuse, diverse and important group of people from 50 African countries, who enrich and make a valuable contribution to Irish society.

Since 2006, Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs has supported events to mark Africa Day in Ireland. Although in-person events are not possible this year, Irish Aid is using the Africa Day website and its social media channels to mark the occasion.

The positive impact and influence of Ireland’s African communities is evidenced across many aspects of Irish life, not least the worlds of art and culture, music, literature, sport, business, food and community development. On a wider scale, Ireland enjoys ever-strengthening ties with the continent of Africa, and last year marked sixty years of a diplomatic presence in Africa. Equally, Ireland’s trade and investment links with Africa are increasing in both directions.

With this mind, for Africa Day 2021, we will be sharing digital content to highlight the positive impact and influence of Ireland’s African communities, as evidenced across many aspects of Irish life. We also hope to draw attention to the diversity of unique African heritage, customs, languages and traditions in Ireland, and the vibrancy that members of the African community bring to Ireland, including their own individual talents, crafts, skills and other contributions. Through these digital channels, we hope to paint a picture of contemporary experience and identity among the community, so stay tuned.

From Friday, 21st May to Tuesday, 1st June 2021, keep an eye on the Africa Day website, as well as its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

We would also like to hear from you, so why not get involved!