Geingob encourages youth to emulate Africa's founding fathers

27 May 2017 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has called on the youth to emulate the spirit of Africa’s founding fathers and learn from the past so they can become the architects of Africa’s future.
The Head of State said Agenda 2063, which encompasses the continent’s aspirations for socio-economic transformation, will mainly be driven by the young people, both on the continent and in the diaspora.
During the commemoration of the 54th Africa Day in Windhoek on Thursday, Geingob said the continent awaits the emergence of young people who will follow in the revolutionary footsteps of African icons.
He said in the greater interest of Pan-Africanism, these icons transcended initial differences of opinion on how best to achieve unity.
“They achieved this either through an immediate continental political union as advocated by the Casablanca bloc, or the Monrovia bloc’s gradual integration, starting with regional economic and cultural co-operation,” he said.
The president further explained that the Organisation of the African Union, now known as the African Union, emerged from these two blocs on 25 May 1963 as a beacon of hope and unifying institution for the oppressed people of Africa.
“As we pass on the baton to the younger generations, Africa is calling out for that same spirit of unity drive, the second phase of the struggle, that of economic independence,” he stressed.
The day was celebrated under the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’
Recognised as a public holiday in Namibia, Africa Day is observed on 25 May to pay homage and respect to founding fathers and mothers, and the fallen heroes and heroines of the African continent for their selfless stand against colonialism.