Chocolatecity.cc congratulates Madiba, Nelson Mandela, as he celebrates his 95th birthday on July 18. Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8th after his condition deteriorated due to recurrence of a lung infection and pneumonia. He contracted tuberculosis during his 27 years as political prisoner on Robben Island.
From spending 27 years behind bar in South Africa's notorious Robben Island as a black nationalist to becoming the president of a country with a long history of racial segregation, Mandela is perhaps the most respected leader on Earth.
Unlike most power greedy, rampantly corrupt and election rigging African leaders, Mandela stepped down after just one term to devote his energies to fighting AIDS and championing for children in need.
On July 18th, Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day, is celebrated around the world. The day marks Mandela’s achievements in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation.
President Barack and Mrs. Obama paid tribute to Mandela ahead of his 95th birthday (Nelson Mandela International Day), as having "moral courage,” “kindness,” and “humility”.
On behalf of our family and the people of the United States, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes and prayers to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday, as well as to Graça Machel, the Mandela family, and the government and people of South Africa as they mark the fifth annual Nelson Mandela International Day. Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service. Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people – and the world – the path to justice, equality, and freedom. May Nelson Mandela’s life of service to others and his unwavering commitment to equality, reconciliation, and human dignity continue to be a beacon for each future generation seeking a more just and prosperous world.