Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was and is still a world wide icon for his tireless efforts in fighting apartheid in South Africa.
The humble man born in July 18, 1918 and sadly breathed his last in December 5, 2013. Five years on he is still celebrated for his efforts to better South Africa.
That zeal and effort saw him jailed for 27 years from November 1962 until February 1990.
Well as the world celebrates Mandela’s 100th birthday in his absence, SA President Cyril Ramaphosa said he would mark “Mandela 100” by donating half his salary to charity to honour “the great sacrifices he made and his tireless commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable.”
Former US President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are in South Africa and in his speech on Tuesday, Obama said
“Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King, and Abraham Lincoln, I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.”
His lecture, titled “Renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world,” tracked the transformation of the world, particularly in terms of race relations and human rights, over the past 100 years.
He went on to urge people to follow Madiba’s example
“We have to follow Madiba’s example of persistence and hope,it’s tempting right now to give in to cynicism. To believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back. That the pendulum has swung permanently.
Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the ’90s, now you’re hearing people talk about the end of democracy and the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. We have to resist that cynicism, because we’ve been through darker times.”
Just recently, a Nelson Mandela exhibition was opened to celebrate the late apartheid leader in a function attended by Prince Harry and the wife Meghan Markle.
The event was held at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and in attendance was Nelson Mandela’s grand daughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.
The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition celebrates Mandela’s life. It is jointly curated by the Apartheid Museum in South Africa, the British Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and the Southbank Centre.
This is not the first time the Royal Family is celebrating Mandela. In 2015, Prince Harry visited the archives at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa.