Facebook celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, what would also have been the former South African President's 100th birthday, on 18 July 2018, by supporting various initiatives by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. This also included supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation by Facebook live streaming the Mandela lecture by former USA president, Barack Obama.

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Earlier in February 2018, Facebook announced a three-year partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to honour Mandela's legacy through the preservation and digitisation of the extensive Mandela Archives.

Celebrating Nelson Mandela on Facebook

β€œNelson Mandela dedicated his life to the struggle for equality and social justice, and many around the world remain indebted to him for the selfless contribution he made to humanity. Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday is a moment we should celebrate globally. We will anchor on Madiba's legacy as a way to inspire people to do good in their own community, wherever they are in the world,” said Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director for Facebook in Afrika.

Building on its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Facebook also celebrated Mandela Day by alerting Facebook users across the world with a message at the top of their News Feeds. The message paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, inviting people to follow in his footsteps by taking action, inspiring change and making a difference in their communities. In addition, those who are in English speaking countries can access a unique camera profile frame featuring a quote from the great man.

Cover image credit: The statue of Nelson Mandela in the Union Buildings grounds, Pretoria, South Africa. Wikipedia

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