The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday night, delivered a memorial lecture in remembrance of the late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
The President delivered the address at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary organised by the South African High Commission in Ghana, held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.
In honour of the late statesman, would have been 100 years on July 8, President Akufo-Addo recounted some of his contributions to the democracy of South Africa, describing him as a man whose contributions would be felt forever in the history of the country.
“Once in a while, someone comes along who manages to leave an indelible imprint on his generation and humanity as a whole; Nelson Mandela, the man whose birth 100years ago we celebrate today.
As usual when one enters that beautiful country, the effect of the Mandela imprint is palpable. I do not exaggerate when I say it is thanks to him that South Africa has today, a strong democracy with active and working institutions,” he said.
According to him, Nelson Mandela, regardless of his age when he became president, did not allow that to hinder his work as a leader and led by example, attaining concrete achievements and imploring the rest of the African continent to emulate his style.
“President Nelson Mandela in government was and inspiration. He was 76 when he became president, but his period in office was marked with dynamism and hard work.
I would dare suggest, that for the rest of the continent, the biggest and most important legacy he has left for us is one of inspired leadership. He became easily the most sought-after personality on the globe and everybody wanted to say and hear him- many of these were great world leaders of the day,” he added.
In her welcome address, South African High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Lulu Xingwana, expressed gratitude for the presence of high profile personalities who joined South Africa to celebrate the founding father and world icon.
She added that the lecture will remind Africans and world of the virtues and ways in which Mandela lived his life.
Earlier in the year, South Africa’s current President, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address, dedicated the year 2018 for the celebration of Nelson Mandela, and anti-apartheid stalwart and women’s activist, Albertina Sisulu.
In attendance at the event were Ghana’s former president Jerry John Rawlings, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock and South African Minister for International Relations, Dr. Lindiwe Sisulu. There were also Ministers, and other senior government officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Academia, civil society, and the general public.