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Kumba celebrates first-ever Nelson Mandela Day

4 August 2017 No Comment

By Ashu Manfred
The population of Kumba, Tuesday July 18, 2017 joined the international community to celebrate its first Mandela Day with a call for African leaders to emulate the virtues of the legendary South African Leader.
The celebration was organized by the TWIN-Me Foundation (The Woman In Me Foundation) and Close The Gap. The one is a national female advocacy organization, while the latter is a handicap rights association.
Prior to the celebration, members of the two groups carried out human investment activities in some public and private institutions in Kumba. Mandela Day was instituted by UNESCO in November 2009 to celebrate the virtues embodied in Nelson Mandela, especially in enhancing and promoting peace in the world notably in Africa riddled with graft, hatred, tribalism, selfishness, revenge, unforgiveness and other vices.
Addressing the population, the founder and CEO of TWIN-Me Foundation Anang Christly Ijang and the president of Close The Gap Takang Ayah Ayuk, recalled the birthing of Mandela Day and why it is important for the whole world and Africans to commemorate the day. The duo who called on the population to emulate the virtues exhibited by Nelson Mandela, especially his virtue of forgiveness, given he was unjustly jailed for 37years, noted that the greatest problem facing Africa is leadership where only death do part the leader from his subjects or citizens.
This day is celebrated every year on July 18, which is Nelson Mandela’s birth day. The celebration lasted beyond the mandatory 67 minutes.

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