Africa has been significantly shaped. by the charisma, principles and politics of its leaders. There are many African leaders that have impacted the continent on many levels, but the former president and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela eclipses them all. The South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 before stepping down to continue a life in retirement as an elder statesman. Madela was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
On a fresh Twitter trend, users are remembering Nelson Mandela today on his birthday, and sharing how much impact the leader has had on South Africa and across the globe.
Today we remember #NelsonMandela as an Exemplification of Transformational Leadership. His journey touched many lives.
How does the life of Nelson Mandela inspire you as an African Youth?
— Anastase Ana NDAGIJIMANA (@NdAnastase) July 18, 2020
The white supremacists in Afrika and specifically South Afrika fear the day we black people wake up from this rainbow nation dream they sold using Nelson Mandela #MakhayaNtini pic.twitter.com/jxqdXY6TsP
— Thando Vimba JR (@ThandoVimbaJR) July 18, 2020
Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.✊🏽
He inspired us with his words of wisdom.🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/W5sqDV8g9d
— L E S E D I (@_Hybreed_) July 18, 2020
Drawing attention on his 30 year fight with to free Black South Africans from the horrors of Apartheid, Twitter users express that Mandela’s activism is a model every contemporary freedom fighter should strive to emulate. They used his legacy as a platform to discuss the current injustices against black people and the revolution that is challenging discrimination.
Humanity is facing some of its toughest challenges. But together and with commitment, we can find the solutions needed to ensure a safer, fairer, more equal and sustainable future for all.
— EuropeAid 🇪🇺 (@europeaid) July 18, 2020
Tribute On the birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, Let us inspire people to embrace the values like democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, and reconciliation, which were shared by him.#NelsonMandela pic.twitter.com/L04gfHtwiw
— Amit Kumar (@AmitCurious) July 18, 2020
He really was a true visionary Nelson mandela was d first black president of south africa My respectful tribute on his birth anniversary Let us inspire ppl to embrace d values like Freedom Equality n Diversity which were shared by him TOGETHER ☮️ #NelsonMandela
— she-who-must-not-be-named (@Aspen_Phoenix) July 18, 2020
Others went further to share some of his famous quotes, highlighting the good work that Mandela had championed in Africa and the revolutionary ideas he shared across the globe.
— Nissan Trailseeker MTB (@trailseekermtb) July 18, 2020
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.'' – Nelson Mandela
— TheKhabars (@t_khabars) July 18, 2020
— LynneM 💕💝💎 (@LynneStactia) July 18, 2020
Nelson Mandela has been a source of inspiration for many, not just Africans. As the world remembers him today, many are using social media to promote the values that Mandela defined his life, activism and presidency by.
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