of the summit logo
brief for the design of the logo was to create a symbol
that would visually represent the union of the African
continent. The idea was to create one that relates
to the NEPAD logo while embracing definite South African
characteristics - as South Africa is the host for
this first African Union (AU) Summit.
designer of the logo, Ms Anande Nothling of Government
Communication and Information System (who designed
the WCAR logo) advised her design concept as follows:
starting the process, the first consideration was
the linking of NEPAD and the AU Summit logo. The same
green and gold used in the NEPAD logo was chosen.
The green represents growth and symbolises the renaissance
of the entire African continent. The gold represents
the diverse wealth of Africa. Red and black complete
the scheme of colours traditionally used to portray
two minimalist dancing figures represent all African
peoples and are styled to closely resemble the shape
of the African continent. The female figure symbolises
women holding and protecting all peoples of Africa.
The differentiation between the male and female figures
alludes to diversity and unity of a dynamic society.
It furthermore embodies the importance of a combination
of co-operation and trust as well as togetherness,
friendship and happiness.
style in which the figures were created was derived
from ancient African rock paintings with modern inspiration
from the Mozambican artist Malangatana. The figures
have further relevance as similar African rock paintings
are used in the South African Coat of Arms.
is also the imagery of the sun rising, suggesting
a new dawn for the African continent. This once again
links to the NEPAD logo that shares the symbolism.
The image of the island to the east of the African
continent represents all the islands around Africa.