On the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day, the NEPAD Agency joins the rest of the world in honouring one of Africa’s greatest statesman. As we once again join in the annual celebrations of this initiative, we ought to be reminded of his exemplary life which embodied the highest values of the African Union in its drive towards a united, peaceful and prosperous continent.
The message behind Mandela International Day is a simple one – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. In recognition of this special Day, it is befitting for the NEPAD Agency to reflect on the ways in which we can all effect meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of ordinary people around us.
The NEPAD Agency joins the Mandela Foundation in asking people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes of their time on 18 July – Madiba’s birthday – to a community service activity.
Nelson Mandela once said: “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” He was a leader who acted with a steadfast belief in justice and human equality. Let us all continue, each day, to draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life-long example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all.