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The History

A landmark historic building, Africa Hall was designed by architect Arturo Mezzedimi and officially inaugurated by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1961.

It was here, in this conference center, that the African Union's predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded on 25 May 1963. 

 HIM Haileselassie I

“Only a few years ago, meetings to consider African problems were held outside Africa, and the fate of its peoples were decided by non-Africans. Today, … thanks to the conference of Accra and now of Addis Ababa, the peoples of Africa can, at long last, deliberate on their own problems and future"

Haile Selassie I  On the occasion of the Summit which brought to the Charter of the Organization of African Unity, in 1963.


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