World’s most beloved statesmen, Nelson Mandela has inspired generations and inculcated the sense of goodwill and peace among all. A global symbol of sacrifice, Mandela was born in Mvezo (South Africa). He studied law and established one of the country’s 1st black owned firms.
Mandela spent 27 consecutive years of his life in prison fighting against Apartheid. For 18 years (1964 – 1982) he was held on Robben Island, in 1982 he was moved to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town, and in 1988 he was again moved to Victor Verster Prison, in Paarl, till 1990. After his release, he became the first Black President of South Africa. Mandela became a global icon for his struggle against apartheid, the system of racist white rule which collapsed following the 1994 elections when he was voted in as president.
Nelson Mandela International Day
July 18, 2019 marks 101st birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day.
Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the formidable footsteps of Madiba, a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.
Mandela followed three rules throughout his life: Free yourself, Free others, and Serve every day. He showed to the world that all souls are created equal.
Mandela died on Dec 5, 2013 leaving behind a powerful legacy of reconciliation & diversity, and resistance to inequality. He will always be remembered as a saint, a leader with a difference, a sage of humanity in line with Mahatma Gandhi.