Today, South Africans honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela on his centenary birthday by taking part in 67 Minutes for Mandela, attending the various tribute events throughout the country, sharing messages of appreciation or simply reflecting on his life and lessons. As a testament to Madiba’s impact reaching far beyond our borders, various countries around the world have joined in the celebrations.
From Uganda to the UK, a number of events have been held, including exhibitions and fundraisers.
In London, an exhibition is being held in honour of the struggle icon in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, curated by the Apartheid Museum, features works by William Shakespeare with notes by Mandela himself that were illegally smuggled onto Robben Island. Also on display is a letter written by Mandela giving thanks to Britain following the Wembley concert of 1990. The exhibition is open to the public and will run until 19 August.
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The United Nations headquarters in New York is hosting an exhibition entitled “Building on the Legacy of Nelson Mandela – NYC” in honour of Mandela 100. According to NHK World, “more than 10 panels showing memorable quotes and achievements of the anti-apartheid leader are on display at the entrance of the UN building”. The exhibition will run until 2 September.
A fundraiser dinner at the Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation in Scotland will also take place today in commemoration of Mandela’s 100th birthday. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward the Nelson Mandela Place memorial in Glasgow.
To raise funds for the Shule Foundation, legendary South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka is set to perform in Uganda on Friday, 20 July, at the Kampala Serena Hotel. The charity makes education accessible for rural children across the continent.