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By Our Reporter

KAMPALA – Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013, was born on 18th July 1918 and would have turned 100 today. Uganda, with the rest of Africa honors the National Mandela day to immortalize his life, and works and act to change the world for the better.

Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV at the Mandela day celebrations

What is Mandela day?

The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008, when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

The United Nations officially declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognizing Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally, and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

“It is a remembrance of what his life symbolized; his ideals for freedom and ethics. We are taking this moment to inculcate Mandela’s selfness and service in our everyday values,” Prof Mollo said earlier today.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

This year as we celebrate 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, we ask you to join us in action against poverty.

We need to restore and reaffirm the dignity of the people of Africa and the developing world. We need to place the eradication of poverty at the top of world priorities. We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together.” – Nelson Mandela

What can you do?

Take Action. Inspire Change. Make every day a Mandela day

What are you doing to make every day a Mandela Day by taking action against poverty?

When the UN contacted Mandela informing him about declaring a day in his honour, he was quoted at the time, stating: “I have spent 67 years of my life fighting for the betterment of people. Twenty-seven of those years were spent in prison. If anyone wants to celebrate me, just spend 67 minutes of your life doing something that makes someone else’s life better.”

Planting a tree to be known as Mandela Shade

In commemoration of Madibas legacy, a number of activities have been organized in Uganda among which are a tree-planting ceremony at the Mandela National Stadium.

We have planted a special tree that has been called the Mandela shade which will hopefully encourage people to seek shelter under it and promote the communal spirit,” Prof Mollo said.

Other activities will stretch to Friday, where South African music icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka will address children at Bweyogerere Muslim Primary School and hold a concert at the Kampala Serena Hotel whose proceeds will go to the Shule Foundation, which extends education to children in rural Africa.

To conclude the celebrations, there will be a family day on Saturday organized by the Rotary Club of Kampala at Kaazi camping grounds to fundraise for their education projects.

Every individual has the responsibility and ability to preserve and better our world. Unchecked greed and selfishness will kill our beautiful globe unless we turn to the values that these people spent their lives trying to teach us,” the South African High Commissioner Prof Mollo said.

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