World leaders are united in celebrating the first democratically-elected President of South Africa Nelson Mandela on his 101st posthumous birthday.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was born on this day July 18, 1918, a day that has been dedicated as the Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations. He died on December 5th 2013.
An anti-apartheid activist, ‘Madiba’ as he was fondly referred to, was arrested and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment on trumped up charges of conspiring to overthrow the state.
He was released in 1990, after serving 27 years in prison, and in 1994 he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
The UN declared July 18, the Nelson Mandela Day in November 2009 as a global call to action under the premise that everyone has the power to make an impact on the planet.
On the occasion of his 101st posthumous birthday, personalities from across the globe are paying tribute to him, calling on the world to emulate his virtue of courage and kindness.
Taking to Twitter, US Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar wrote:
“It is in our hands to make of our world a better one for all.”
– Nelson Mandela
Today let us honor #MandelaDay as he taught us that we have the power to make that change.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) July 18, 2019
Still on Twitter, the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, said:
Today is #MandelaDay2019, marking the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918).
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) July 18, 2019
South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune also wrote:
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear -Nelson Mandela #67minForMandela pic.twitter.com/FDMbsliaNw
— IIKHUNE3216 (@IIKHUNE_32_16) July 18, 2019
See more tributes below…
Today is Nelson Mandela Day: the finest man I've ever had the privilege of knowing, and one of the most charming.
— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) July 18, 2019
NELSON MANDELA DAY
The world celebrates and honors & giant in the freedom for justice, fairness and equality.
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) July 18, 2019
There are more words that could describe Nelson Mandela than there are stars in the sky.
— @JajaBash (@JajaMusic0) July 18, 2019
— 🅲🆄🆃🅴 🅱🆄🆃 🅿🆂🆈🅲🅷🅾 👽 (@PsychooSlimD) July 18, 2019