The 96th birth anniversary of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela is being celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm round the globe.
Mandela, first black president of South Africa, a symbol of global peacemaking, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with the South African President F.W.de Klerk for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system.
During his reign, he had been a staunch advocate of equality and learning. He remained steadfast in his devotion to democracy despite all the racism. His exemplary life had been an inspiration to all the oppressed and disadvantaged communities and to all people who are against apartheid and dispossession.
His efforts to liberate the blacks from the oppression and injustice are batting a thousand. Detained for 27 years to show the determination of a true leader he was involved in the transformation of South Africa to be the most developed nation in Africa.
In 2009, Mandela’s birthdaay (July 18) was declared “Mandela Day” to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader’s legacy.
Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.
Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations send a clear message to racists: a message of uniformity and equality for all. Admittedly, Mandela is an icon for the world today and in the days to come.