Mandela Day

Mandela Day Quick Facts - NG

AKA NameNelson Mandela Day
HashtagsCompiled on#MandelaDay, #NelsonMandelaDay, #NelsonMandela, #MandelaDay2023
Related Hashtags#67minutes, #Mandela, #SouthAfrica
2023 Date18 July 2023
2024 Date18 July 2024

Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela International Day is observed annually to celebrate the values and principles which Mandela stood for. The observance of the day in Nigeria is aimed at inspiring individuals and communities to take positive action towards creating a better world.

The history of Nelson Mandela International Day dates back to 2009 when the United Nations General Assembly declared it as an annual day of commemoration of Mandela's contribution to humanity. Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, who became the country's first black president in 1994, and was celebrated worldwide for his leadership, courage, and commitment to peace, justice, and equality.

In Nigeria, the day is marked by various activities such as discussions, symposiums, rallies, and community service initiatives. The objective is to promote the values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and social justice that Mandela fought for. Observing the day provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to reflect on their roles in society and how they can contribute to making a positive impact in their communities. Nelson Mandela International Day is observed annually on July 18th.

Facts about Mandela Day

  • Nelson Mandela had six children.
  • Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison and ended up spending over 27 years in prison. He was eventually released from prison due to secret talks he had with the president of South Africa at the time, F.W. de Klerk.
  • In 2014, the Nigerian government established the Nelson Mandela Prize, an award given to African professionals and academics to recognize exceptional contributions in the field of social sciences.
  • The Nigerian government supported the international sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa and provided ongoing support to the African National Congress (ANC).

Top things to do in Nigeria for Mandela Day

  • Devote 67 minutes of your day to helping others (volunteering, helping mom, cleaning, etc.). For 67 years, Nelson Mandela fought for humanity and on every July 18th, Mandela's birthday, the UN and the NMF ask citizens of the world to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others.
  • Nominate someone or an organization that you think serves every day. If you think they make a positive change in your community you can nominate those you think deserve acknowledgement as a Madiba Change Maker by sharing their stories on social media with the hashtag #Time2Serve.
  • Watch The Making of Mandela (2012). This documentary charts Mandela's journey from his childhood in Qunu to his decision to fight against apartheid, focusing on his personal growth and understanding of South Africa's complex politics.
  • Read Nelson Mandela: By Himself - The Authorised Book of Quotations edited by Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter. This book comprises a collection of Mandela's speeches, writings, and transcripts from private conversations, shedding light on his political thoughts and beliefs.

Mandela Day references and related sites

UN: Nelson Mandela Int'l Day Mandela Day

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