Mayor's Office Press Release
Houston Celebrates Africa with a Series of Events in Observance of Africa Day 2021
May 25, 2021 -- The City of Houston will mark its 4th annual Houston Africa Day celebration on May 27 by hosting the African Union Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze, and 13 Ambassadors from African nations to 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.
The day will begin with an invitation-only business forum. Houston is Africa’s 3rd largest trade partner and speakers will discuss opportunities for future business.
During the evening celebration, Houston will showcase the different regions of the continent through arts, culture, and 'A taste of Africa,' keeping with the African Union 2021 Africa Day theme: Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa we Want.
"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."
In addition to the cultural celebration, the Mayor's Office of Trade and International Affairs will host the inaugural Houston Africa Day Business Forum for Houston's top business leaders and stakeholders interested in doing business in Africa.
This half-day forum will engage business executives with African leaders and discuss the tremendous opportunities and potential on the continent. "The opportunities in Africa in the areas of health care, agriculture, manufacturing, and energy are a great match for sectors in which Houston companies are global leaders," notes MOTIA Director Chris Olson.
Confirmed guests include the Ambassadors of Angola, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.
"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.
The events will have limited in-person attendance due to COVID-19 protocols and security.
For those interested in joining, the event will be live streamed via the Mayor's Office of Trade and International Affairs social media platforms:
Houston Africa Day Business Forum begins at 9 a.m., followed by Africa Day Reception at 5 p.m.
Houston Africa Day is 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 Who's Who: The African Diaspora.