Defence Minister, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi says the current generation of Africans owe a debt of gratitude to Africa’s founding fathers for the sacrifices they made to liberate the continent.

Dr Sekeramayi said the only way that the young generations can repay them is by keeping the flame of freedom and unity alive.

He was addressing hundreds of guests who attended a dinner to celebrate 54 years of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU).

The African drum dances and poetry filled the air at the venue of the Africa Day celebrations 2017, reflecting the true spirit of Africa.

As heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Zimbabwe, legislators and some representatives of the business community came together for the night of celebrating their African identity, unity and freedom, they reminisced on the spirit and motivation of the founding fathers like Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah with their famous expressions like, “Africa is not free  until the whole of Africa is liberated”, “Africa is one continent and one people and we are not African because we are born in Africa but because Africa was born in us”.

Dr Sekeramayi went on to explain the new task before the continental body saying Africa’s new vision for political and economic emancipation, agenda 2063, Africa is on the rise as the programme holds the key to the continent’s future development.

Dean of the diplomatic corps and DRC Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mwanananga Mwawampanga and guest of honour Dr Sekeramayi led the proceedings of the day.

Ambassador Mwawampanga said Zimbabwe is one of the few countries that observe Africa Day as a public holiday.

The Africa Day celebrations were held under the theme, ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend for Sustainable Development Stressing the Need to Promote the Youths of Africa for a Bright Future’.

African music and dance filled the air at the venue which was decorated with portraits of African leaders and African artifacts depicting life in the African village.