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Wole Soyinka, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Consul General Ambassador Darkey Africa at Mandela’s Centenary Celebration

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Professor Wole Soyinka delivering his speech & poem

Professor Wole Soyinka delivering his speech & poem

It was a week-long of activities in Lagos & other parts of Nigeria in commemoration of the goodwill and life of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s globally recognized Nobel Peace laureate and the first democratically-elected President of South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, led by the South African Consulate Lagos was in collaboration with South African Tourism West Africa, United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) both in Nigeria.

Press Conference

SAT TRM WA, Dir. UNIC, CG SACL, Dir. NIIA

From L-R: SAT TRM WA, Dir. UNIC, CG SACL, Dir. NIIA

Media guests at the breakfast after the media briefing

Media guests at the breakfast after the media briefing

The week began with a press briefing on the theme of this year’s Mandela Centenary celebration “Be The Legacy” and upcoming events planned to keep the legacy alive. South African Tourism had major media houses, trade partners, stakeholders and associates in attendance throughout the various activities.

The Consul General SA Consulate in Lagos, Ambassador Darkey Africa said: “This year is to celebrate and highlight the key role Mandela played in securing freedom of the South Africans, on how Mandela pushed for peace, embraced people of various races and sort for reconciliation despite been imprisoned for 27 years.”

Mandela Centenary Lecture

Ambassador Darkey and Prof. Soyinka

CG, SACL, Ambassador Darkey Africa presenting a Mandela plaque to Prof. Soyinka

Chairman, NG-SA Chamber of Commerce

Chairman, NG-SA Chamber of Commerce saying a few words

Students & guest at the lecture

Students & guest at the lecture

Trade Partners at the Lecture

Trade Partners at the Lecture

A lecture in honour of Mandela Centenary was held at the NIIA Office with renowned Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka as the keynote speaker alongside UNIC Nigeria Director, Roland Kayanja and Prof. Modupe Faseke all emphasizing the numerous learnings worthy of emulation from the life of Madiba. As a highlight, Prof. Wole Soyinka recited a beautiful poem he penned in honour of Nelson Mandela titled: “And He Said No” following his personal encounters with Madiba. The lecture was followed by a photo exhibition of the life & times of Nelson Mandela at the NIIA Library with a cultural highlight of a fully dressed Xhosa man & woman representing Nelson Mandela’s traditional attire.

Photo Exhibition

CG, SACL cutting the ribbon to open the Photo Exhibition

CG, SACL cutting the ribbon to open the Photo Exhibition

 Photo Exhibition Tour

Photo Exhibition Tour

CG, SACL with TRM WA & ushers in Xhosa traditional attire

CG, SACL with TRM WA & ushers in Xhosa traditional attire

 Students with Xhosa dressed ushers

Students with Xhosa dressed ushers

SAT WA TRM & M & CO with Xhosa Ushers

SAT WA TRM & M & CO with Xhosa Ushers

On July 18th, to celebrate Mandela’s birthday, the SA Tourism West Africa Hub office participated in a 67-minutes cleaning exercise of the Freedom Park Lagos, done with other partners, stakeholders and students from various schools in attendance. A lecture on the centenary was also held alongside cultural activities that included “The Mandela in You” drama on the life of Mandela acted by local students.

In Asaba Town of the Delta State, there was a tree planting activity at the Mandela Garden where five additional trees were planted, to add to the 95 trees previously planted on Mandela’s 95th birthday in 2013.

Freedom Park Cleaning

SAT staff participating in the Freedom Park cleaning campaign

SAT staff participating in the Freedom Park cleaning campaign

Students & guest at Freedom Park 67-minutes cleaning campaign

Students & guest at Freedom Park 67-minutes cleaning campaign

Mandela Freedom Selfie!

Mandela Freedom Selfie!

Zulu cultural performance at the Freedom Park

Zulu cultural performance at the Freedom Park

The week came to an end with an elegant South African dinner in honour of Madiba’s 100 Years with the guest of honour, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary General of Common Wealth of Nations who had very close interactions with Mandela and shared so much of his legacy to be emulated.

South African Tourism West Africa Hub used the opportunity to share some of the amazing content of the Mandela Centenary assets such as the Mandela Centenary AV, indoor & outdoor banners to mention a few throughout the various events.
#BeTheLegacy
#NM100
#NelsonMandelaCentenary2018

Mandela Dinner

Entrance to the dinner venue

Entrance to the dinner venue

Dinner Venue décor

Dinner Venue décor

Guests arriving at the dinner event

Guests arriving at the dinner event

Cheers to the Global Icon, NELSON MANDELA!

Cheers to the Global Icon, NELSON MANDELA!

Dinner Time!

Dinner Time!

SAT trade partners & stakeholders at the dinner

SAT trade partners & stakeholders at the dinner

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