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Boganda Day

In the Central African Republic, Boganda Day marks the anniversary of the death of Barthélémy Boganda, the nation's first prime minister, who died in a plane crash on March 29, 1959. Boganda had been a driving force in the creation of the Central African Republic, which became a self-governing republic in 1958. He was also a leader in the movement to unite black African nations. Boganda Day is a national holiday in the Central African Republic; all banks, official government offices, businesses, and schools are closed. More...
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Barthelemy Boganda wasn't born in the Central African Republic. As a matter of fact, if he hadn't been born, there might not BE a Central African Republic!

Born in 1910 in a part of Africa that was administered by France, Boganda was part of a family of subsistence farmers, which means that they only grew enough food and other items for the family and had not extra crops to sell to others. However, Boganda was adopted and educated by some Catholic missionaries. He ended up being ordained the first Catholic priest from that part of Africa (which was called Obuangui-Chari).

In 1946, after World War II, Boganda went into politics, and he became the first Oubanguian elected to the French National Assembly. He fought against racism and also against the colonial government of his land. And, back at home, he started a grassroots movement among his people to oppose French colonialism.

He left the priesthood, married, and continued to work for equality and civil rights for black people. In 1958, the French government began to consider granting independence to most of its African colonies. Boganda met with the French Prime Minister and hammered out an agreement to create an independent Central African Republic.

Boganda didn't live to see his dream become reality
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