According to EWN, seventeen countries gained independence from European colonisers between 1958 and 1963. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded on 25 May 1963, which inspired African Liberation Day, now know as Africa Day, to honour that anniversary.

Since becoming a democratic country in 1994, South Africa was entrenched as part of a larger African family and became a founding member of the African Union, which replaced the OAU.

READ MORE: Wearing pink in 2018 – it feels too girly

Let's take a look at how we marked the day using fashion as a means of celebration: 


A post shared by Terry Pheto (@terrypheto) on

Unleash it was born in you . . . . AFRIKA ??? #africaday

A post shared by kwena Baloyi (@kwenasays) on

Celebrating #AfricaDay with @zeitzmocaafood at the @zeitzmocaa museum ???????

A post shared by LAUREN CAMPBELL (@fashionista_ct) on

Happy #AfricaDay from Rwanda ??????

A post shared by Nozipho Mbanjwa (@therealnozi) on

Sign up to W24’s newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our hot stories and giveaways.