The Difference Newspaper, hosts of the annual Africa Day event in Lagos, in conjunction with the CRIMMD Free Public Library, the Neighbourhood Book Club and the National Biographer Magazine, is holding a session of readings and discussions to celebrate the 2017 edition of the Nelson Mandela International Day.
The event which is scheduled to hold at the CRIMMD Free Public Library situated at 138, Idimu-Ejigbo Road, Idimu, Lagos, will take place from 3.00pm on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
A statement from the organisers said the celebration will feature readings built around the published works of Nelson Mandela as well as texts that resonate with his person, life story, ideals and sterling contributions to the evolution of the new post-apartheid South Africa.
There will also be a companion discussion on the subject, ‘The African Leadership Challenge and the Mandela Example.’
Nelson Mandela, the first President of the multi-racial South Africa, was held at the notorious Robben Island detention facility for the better part of the 27-years of his incarceration by the apartheid authorities in South Africa.
Upon, his release, he was unanimously returned as the formal leader of the African National Congress, ANC, and in that capacity, was to lead the party to victory in the first post-apartheid polls held in the country. He retired from politics after serving for one term in office and was succeeded by his fellow ANC stalwart and protege, Dr. Thabo Mbeki.