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Nelson Mandela Day: Frontline Africa Advisory’s Perspective

Nelson Mandela Day: Frontline Africa Advisory’s Perspective

On the 18th of July 2018 the birthday of Nelson Mandela, most of us took part in many activities around the country as a way of commemorating his life and the sacrifices he has made for the sake of humanity. If he was alive, we would be celebrating the giant, turning 100 years. For most in South Africa it is still hard to accept that he has left us, even though it is five years on.
In November 2009, the United Nations declared the 18th of July officially as Mandela Day. On this day global citizens are called upon to embrace the values that Nelson Mandela shared, which include: service, equality, reconciliation and acts of selflessness.
For us taking part in Nelson Mandela day was but a small gesture of gratitude to a man who gave most of his life to the freedom not only of his people but also those who had shackled him and sought to break him.
Even after retiring from public life, he still could not resist the call to serve. After leading the fight against apartheid and minority domination in South Africa, instead of enjoying the rest of his days with his children and grandchildren, he took up the fight against HIV/AIDS through his 46664 campaign and sought to bring attention to the great injustice that the poor, especially in Africa were suffering from in the hands of this silent killer. This new fight he had taken up, saw him criss-cross the oceans to bring the world’s attention to this killer and break the shackles of stigmatisation that was associated with HIV/AIDS.
The theme for this year’s Mandela day was ‘Be the Legacy’. For us at Frontline Africa Advisory, we revived a vegetable garden at a haven for small children. Properly maintained, the garden will feed the haven for many years and ensure that those kids do not go to bed hungry and get to access the valuable nutrients they need to grow. That is the legacy we chose to leave for the haven and each time those kids get to eat vegetables from that garden, they will remember our small gesture.
It is important that as we honour the life of Nelson Mandela that we also seek to make meaningful and tangible contributions to other people’s lives that will stay with them for years to come in the same way that we we remember what Nelson Mandela has done for us many years after his passing. Doing good should become a part of who we are.

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