The 4th annual Houston Africa Day celebration held on May 27, 2021 hosted the African Union Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze, and 13 Ambassadors from African nations in Houston.
Africa Day, also known as African Unity Day, is celebrated annually on May 25. It commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU), on this day in 1963. Houston Africa Day, held annually by Mayor Sylvester Turner, showcases the diversity of the nation’s 4th most populous city and its global presence. People from all backgrounds are welcome to join in the celebration with the African community to commemorate the business and cultural contributions of the African diaspora in Houston. Guests included the Ambassadors of Angola, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.
“Houston Africa Day is a way to celebrate business and trade opportunities along with the vibrant art, culture, and food of our African diaspora in Houston,” said Mayor Turner. “Houston takes great pride in our rich diversity, and Africa day is a chance to showcase Houston’s ties to the African continent.”
“As Africa grows, Houston will ensure that our relationship with this rich and diverse continent will continue to flourish as well. Africa Day is one of our ways to showcase this relationship,” said Houston’s Global Trade Manager for Africa, Mazda Denon.
Houston Africa Day was made possible through the support of our partners: Houston First, Chevron, Wazobia African Market, Office of Business Opportunity, Houston Airport System, Zoa’s Moroccan Restaurant, Peli Peli South African Kitchen, Lucy’s Ethiopian Restaurant and our media AfroVibes, Afrocentrik TV, and International Focus Magazine. We look forward to Africa Day 2022.
Photography by: Heidi Powell-Prera www.heidipowell-prera.com