This 18th of July will mark what would have been the 100th year of a remarkable man’s even more remarkable life. An iconic figure of the 20th century, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born on the 18th of July 1918 and died 5th of December 2013, was the first black president of South Africa and the most influential voice in the fight against the violent Apartheid regime that engulfed South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1993 alongside FW de Klerk, Mandela was celebrated for his commitment to non-violence and the democratic ideals. Of his 95 years of life 27 were spent in prison due to his inability to remain silent on the atrocities of racial segregation that plagued South Africa. Even after 27 arduous years that culminated in his release in 1990 he continued talks and efforts to dismantle the Apartheid regime and was subsequently elected as President of South Africa in 1994.
London which was one of Mandela’s headquarters in the anti-apartheid struggle, shall in his honor host an array of centenary events and exhibitions, so make sure to be a part of the festivities. Here is just one of the events we’re looking forward to:
Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition: Hosted by the Southbank Centre, this exhibition explores Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to South Africa’s first black president and consequently his legacy as a symbol of peace and justice. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, royal newly weds, are said to be attending according to Kensington Palace. Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, said
‘We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess will open our Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition here at Southbank Centre. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn something about the life of one of the world’s most inspirational leaders and to gain some insight into his values, extraordinary resilience and vision for humankind.’
When: Opens on the 17th of July 2018 4pm and runs to Sunday 19th August 2018.
Where: Southbank Centre Opening times: 10am – 11pm daily
For more information visit: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/129236-nelson-mandela-centenary-exhibition-2018-2018
Image credit: Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition credit Louise Gubb-CORBIS SABA-CORBIS Getty Images #Mandela100UK