Today marks Nelson Mandela International Day, a day set aside to honour and celebrate the legacy achievements of Nelson Mandela in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace and reconciliation. First declared in 2009 by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/13, the Day recognizes Mandela’s sterling struggle to overthrow White Apartheid rule which dehumanized and marginalized Black South Africans for close to fifty years. Undoubtedly, the life of Nelson Mandela bears invaluable lessons and guidance for our continent and the world seething with conflicts and racial bigotry. That he Graciously forgave, pardoned, and reconciled with his oppressors is an enduring example to warring factions in the continent. On this day, Africans and the world are invited to relive and embrace the legacy of Nelson Mandela, to reconcile their differences, advocate for the rights of the weak and the oppressed, and volunteer time and efforts to address the most challenging needs of societies.
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