South Africa on Wednesday marked hundred years since Nelson Mandela’s birth with a town hall forum hosted by a former US President Barack Obama and a walk led by the anti-apartheid leader’s widow Graca Machel to promote Mandela’s legacies.
The Centenary will also be marked with the release of a new book of his prison letters and a commemorative bank note.
Speaking to over fifteen thousand people at a stadium in Johannesburg Obama gave an emotional address recalling the “wave of hope that washed through hearts all around the world” when Mandela was released from jail in 1990.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he would mark Mandela’s birthday by donating half of his salary to charity and called for others to do the same.
Mandela’s birthday on July 18 is marked annually around the world to immortalize Nelson Mandela who served one term as president of South Africa before his death in 2013.