Africa | 50th Anniversary

“Let the eagle soar!” – Lord Boateng working the crowd

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This year’s Africa Day celebration marked the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU. It was an opportunity to toast the continent’s liberation, but also to do some “soul searching” about why the continent’s development had lagged behind, said the Ethiopian Ambassador, Berhanu Kebede reading the Africa Day message of his Prime Minister and AU Chair Mr Hailemaeariam Dessalegn. But the strong economic growth, improved governance and a reduction in conflict over the past decade were “encouraging” he said. FCO Acting Director for Africa, Robin Gwynn said the world was starting to see Africa as “a land of opportunity”. Lord Boateng said Africans should unite and look to themselves to succeed. Repeating an African proverb, he said: “It is all the feathers that make the eagle soar. So let the eagle soar!” With formalities over, guests enjoyed an African spread with dishes from Cape to Cairo, as well as musical performances from Lesotho and Nigeria – organised by the Association of Spouses of African High Commissioners and Ambassadors (ASAHCA).


The High Commissioner for Botswana and Dean of the African Corps Mr Roy Blackbeard, the Ambassador of Zimbabwe Mr Gabriel Machinga and the High Commissioner for Mauritius Mr Mahendra Kundasamy

African Heads of Mission applaud the speeches

Lord Boateng greets the Ambassador of Egypt Mr Ashraf Elkholy and the Ambassador of Algeria Mr Amar Abba

ASAHCA chair Dalhatu Tafida and the Africa Day social committee

The new High Commissioner for Zambia Mr Paul Lumbi talks to the High Commissioner for the Seychelles Mrs Marie-Pierre Lloyd

The High Commissioner for Kenya Mr Ephraim Ngare and the High Commissioner for Malawi Mr Bernard Sande

Ethiopian Ambassador Mr Ato Berhanu Kebede gives the Africa Day message

The High Commissioner for The Seychelles Mrs Marie-Pierre Lloyd wearing a Gambian Kaftan with the Gambian High Commissioner Mrs Elizabeth Ya Eli Harding

TMusical performances from Lesotho (abvoe and Nigeria (below)