World celebrates Nelson Mandela's centennial birthday – the last great liberator of the 20th century

On what would have been his 100th birthday, we remember the former president of South Africa as a champion for human rights, equality, diversity, dignity, brotherhood and freedom. He was an epitome of social integrity, who always inspired mankind to build a society that can cherish humanitarian values. Imagine the impact we could have if everyone followed his example, and tried to make a difference in the lives of others.

The UN General Assembly, in November 2009 announced 18 July his birthday as, "Nelson Mandela International Day" in respect of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of freedom and peace. The message behind Mandela Day is simple – everyone has the responsibility and the ability to change the world for the better. The United Nations declared his birthday “Mandela Day” in which the people across the globe are encouraged to do something positive for others for at least 67 minutes, in honour of the number of years Mandela dedicated to the freedom struggle.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born in Mvezo, South Africa on 18th July 1918 has been an inspiration to the world. Listening to the ‘stories of his ancestors’ valour during the wars, he dreamed of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. Nelson Mandela was the face of the struggle to Apartheid, and after years of trying to negotiate equal rights for the black community through peaceful dialogue, he finally moved the masses into taking up arms to fight for their rightful place in the nation. For his role in leading the revolution, Mandela was arrested in 1962 on charges of conspiring to the state and on 12 June 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the infamous Rivonia Trial.

After serving 27 years in prison, domestic and international pressure forced President FW de Klerk to free him in 1990. Mandela and de Klerk declared an end to Apartheid and organised the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela and the ANC emerged victorious, and Mandela became President.

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates his lifetime service to South Africa and the world. The first democratically elected president of a free South Africa dedicated his life to the service of humankind — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of integrity and an international peacemaker. Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of a true hero who left the world a better and more just place than he found it. Mandela continues to inspire us to embrace the values like freedom, equality, integrity, uprightness and peace all over the world.

Mandela makes us want to be a better man what better direction can we ask for as a nation?

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