By Oleen Ndori
THE year 2022 marks the 59th anniversary since the formation of the then Organisation of African Unity, later rebranded to the African Union (AU), with tremendous strides having been made in the emancipation of Africa.
With the visionary leadership of African icons, the then Organisation of African Unity’s vision was to promote political and economic integration and setting the continent free from colonial bondage and domination.
It was the manifestation of a pan-African vision for an Africa that was united, free and in control of its own destiny.
For the past 59 years, the continental body has fought for Africa’s place on the global arena with the launch of the 50 year vision for the “Africa we want” Agenda 2063 and the African Continental Free Trade Area being testimony to the continent’s drive towards economic freedom and emancipation.
Guided by its vision of an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena, the body has overseen peaceful elections, settled political differences in a peaceful manner and forged alliances that have spurred intra-continental trade.
“The 2022 commemorations are placing emphasis on strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African Continent as a key result area,” said Wamkele Mene, AfCFTA Secretary General.
It strives to provide a multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach in tackling and investing in nutrition across the African continent as well as assurances to action policy commitments and strategies by member nations.