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12m Kids Sing For Mandela On Birthday  print

Published on July 18, 2012 by   ·   16 Comments

Nelson Mandela

File photo: Bill Clinton in a handshake with Mandela a former Nobel Peace Winner

South Africa’s 12 million schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday, at the start of events to honour the country’s first black president.

According to AFP, at 8:00 am (0600 GMT), children began their day at school with a special birthday song ringing with the line: “We love you father”.

Nelson Mandela in a handshake with former US President, Bill Clinton in Mandela’s home in South Africa, yesterday. The Madiba clocked 94 today. Photo: AFP.

“This is a very important day for all of us,” said Paul Ramela, principal at a primary school in Soweto.

“We are here to celebrate the birthday of a very important person, a person who has liberated us from apartheid,” he told his students.

“Mandela spent 67 years of his life to improve the lives of other people. He has done so much for all of us.”

Mandela himself was unlikely to make any public appearance, but rather to celebrate quietly with his family in his village home of Qunu.

His granddaughter Ndileka Mandela told the Sowetan newspaper that his family would celebrate with a traditional meal of tripe and samp, a corn dish popular in his region of the Eastern Cape.

“We will probably have food like samp and tripe, his favourite food,” she told the paper. “The big lunch will be at 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) where we will present him with a cake.”

Former US president Bill Clinton met with Mandela at his village home on Tuesday. A photograph released after the meeting showed Mandela seated in an armchair, his lap covered by a blanket, as he held Clinton’s hand.

Images of the Nobel Peace Prize winner have become rare in recent years as he has retired to Qunu.

He was last seen in public at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg.

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16 Comments for “12m Kids Sing For Mandela On Birthday”

  1. What a blessing to humanity!
    What an inspiration to my friends and me!
    What an example to Nigerian “leaders”!

  2. paul

    Nigerian get leagers, you will ask where are those wakabors-OBJ, TINUBU, RIBADU, EL-RUFAI, SHAGARI, AWOLOWO, ETC

    • paul, u re mad n na sango go strike u wit thunda. Hw dare u put awolowo dia?! D 1st politician 2 covat public money 4 priva8 use z nnamdi azikwe. Go home n ask ur eldas. D best presidnt 9ja didn’t av z awolowo, go ask ojukwu in hs grave.

  3. capone

    What a great man! Not to be compared with any. Most especially our 9ja poli trickians ,lets see how many of them live to a very ripe old age.

  4. MALLAM SHEHU

    A UNIQUE AND GREAT SELFLESS LEADER. WHEN WILL NIGERIA HAVE SUCH LEADER?

  5. Prince T

    @ Paul. I think it is rude and insultive to put Awolowo in the group of OBJ, Shagari etc. best leader nigeria never had. A premier of western region. He built the firstr stadium, tv etc in africa. He gave free education of which i am a product of. He raissed leaders like Jakande, bola ige, Ajasin, ambrose alli etc. U do not need to be a yoruba person to get ifree education if u were living in western region then.

  6. Prince T

    I dont mandela is no greater than zik and awo. Mandela just got lucky bc apartied lasted longer. Awo and co fought for nigerian independence at a personal loss to themselves.

  7. Peace maker bigsam

    Ds is great legacy @ work..
    Let us learn from this great man of our time..

  8. ola

    leaders with example, wish we had a mandela. d greatest leader Africa has produced, the only man who fought endlessly to liberate his people from poverty, discrimination not those who fight for themselves in my country and they say they are democratic leaders. they embezzle public funds and divert it into politic and now they own half of Lagos and d best places in lag or those who has the largest shares in obajana cement factory or oando or those that sabotage our refineries and spoilt our rail system so tha ttheir fleets can carry oil from one shore of the country to the other or those who sabotaged our electriicity… Is not about tribe or religion or race if ur good u are and if ur not u are not.. blogs are to learn not to insult, so pls do respect one another here cos pple develop a kind of perception abt who u are and ur personality.

  9. ola

    may d good lord strengthen u Mandela

  10. Joy

    You have left a good legacy for other African leaders. If Christ tarries, may you live longer.

  11. michael

    i think Nigeria leaders can see papa mandela life, pls can someone tell obj and other how dey life time will end.

  12. larytz

    I love mandela,awo was a good man but I can’t speak for the rest cuz they are all selfish theives.

  13. PAUL, YOU ARE A BIG FOOL FOR YOU TO HAVE GROUPED AWO WITH OTHER NIGERIAN LEADERS WHO ARE NOT UP TO HIM.

  14. LARYTZ, I AGREE WITH YOU.

  15. mandela is a great man of our generation. many happy returns.

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