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Nelson Mandela Day 2022

Nelson Mandela Day 2022

Today, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day in honour of South Africa’s first democratically elected President and global statesman, who passed away nearly a decade ago. It was on this day that he was born in Transkei, South Africa in 1918. The United Nations officially declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, and it was first celebrated in 2010.

A human rights lawyer, Mandela, who was affectionately known as Madiba around the world, dedicated his life to empowering people. He also fought for the fundamental rights of all human beings. and  played the role of an international peacemaker. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

The United Nations invites everyone on this day every year to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in our communities. We all have the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better! This is an occasion for all of us to act and inspire change.

In 2020, the inaugural African Youth Survey revealed that over half (55%) of Africa’s youth polled believe Nelson Mandela was the single individual to have had the greatest impact on Africa. His spirit continues to loom large with people from all backgrounds across the world and his legacy will live on.

The Africa Centre partnered with the South Africa-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation to capture young African diaspora voices as they shared their views on Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

Happy Nelson Mandela Day!

Source: The Africa Centre

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