South Sudan prepares Juba independence party
5 July 2011 Last updated at 14:28 BST
Huge preparations are underway in Juba, capital of South Sudan, which formally declares its independence from Sudan on 9 July.
Africa's newest country is roughly the size of Nigeria but has a population of just eight million people. It will be one of the world's poorest countries after years of war with the north.
BBC Africa's Caroline Karobia reports.