July 18, 2017
PRESS STATEMENT: Mandela Gardens celebrates Nelson Mandela Day
Every year on July 18 — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. Mandela day is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, it is a global movement that recognizes the impact his life’s work and lessons have and can have in ushering us into a new era and change our world for the better.
It’s a call to emulate the values Mandela stood for.
The very creation of the Nelson Mandela Gardens also known as Garden of 95 Trees was to extol the ideals of the reverend icon - Nelson Mandela and the well-being of the African man. As it is our custom, we are joining this year’s celebrations with one of our own. As part of a series of events to commemorate the day, we have decided to engage the youth in a dialogue on the essence of leadership, the Mandela Way. In the same vein, we have invited students of Mother of Perpetual Orphanage Home for a day out at the gardens to relax and hear about the life lessons that make Mandela worthy of emulation.
The reason for focusing on young people this year stems from one of our favorite quote by the man being honored; ‘It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.’
No doubt, this year’s theme Action Against Poverty clearly shows the need for each of us to do whatever we can, no matter how small it may seem in service to humanity.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to this cause— as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
Mandela Day is not a holiday. It is a day for all of us to opt into humanity – to roll up our sleeves and play an active role in building our communities. This is an opportunity for each of us to share Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for all.
About the Garden
Nelson Mandela Gardens also known as the Garden of 95 Trees is the 5th concept of its kind in the world that extols the ideals of the reverend icon - Nelson Mandela and the well-being of the African man. Its objective is to be seen as a conservation Centre that espouses the virtue of nature, relaxation and comfort to the delight of her guests. The Garden sits on 14,414 acres of choice land within the perimeter of Asaba International Airport, located in Delta State in the Midwest region of Nigeria. This garden is the fifth official monument of such after similar establishments in Washington, London and Johannesburg.