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Nelson Mandela International Day is Being Observed Today

Web Desk (July 18, 2018): Nelson Mandela International Day or commonly known as Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July.

Mandela’s birthday Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela in 18 July 1918. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to ‘make of the world a better place’.The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010.

Mandela died in 2013, remains a global icon for his long fight against white-minority rule and for his message of peace and reconciliation when he was released after 27 years in prison.Obama will also host a town hall event on July 18 for 200 young leaders selected from across Africa to attend a five-day training programme.

The former US president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela “makes me want to be a better man”.

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