MTN Cameroon’s Senior Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Ndzie Marie-Germaine throws light on the commemoration that took place on July 18 at the esplanade of the Yaounde City council.
What is the Nelson Mandela International Day?
The Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year on July 18, the date of birth of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and a hero in the fight against racial discrimination in his country.
This day is an opportunity to celebrate Mandela’s legacy and his commitment to justice, peace, and equality. While in prison for 27 years, he gave his life to help abolish apartheid and bring democracy to his country. He is a role model of sacrifice for the well-being of others, who must inspire generations nowadays and tomorrow in Cameroon, Africa, and the world at large.
Why is this year’s Nelson Mandela Day focused on a blood donation campaign?
Nelson Mandela was a great humanist who devoted his life to the struggle for justice and equality. He was also a fervent advocate of blood donation. So, a blood donation campaign is a great way of celebrating his memory and perpetuating his legacy by saving lives. Giving your blood is like giving yourself to save other people’s lives.
Why is MTN Cameroon involved in the celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day?
As an African company born in Africa, MTN has the duty of solidarity in its culture and DNA. Celebrating Mandela Day is therefore a duty. A duty that requires us to stand by those in need, to bring them hope, smiles, and, above all, lasting solutions. Nelson Mandela showed us the way. We walk in the footsteps of this African giant who inspires us, to pay tribute to him, and above all to contribute to the progress of our country and Africa as a whole.