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Leadership, peace and security take centre stage at symposium and photo exhibitions on Nelson Mandela Day

High table - standing“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself” – Nelson Mandela

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership” – Nelson Mandela

The above two quotations by Nelson Mandela captured the mood and the focus of the symposium, film   screening and photo exhibitions organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos; the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA); the South African Consulate General, Lagos and the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) as part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria. Continue reading

Cooperation among agencies in the justice sector key to implementation of Nelson Mandela Rules on the treatment of prisoners

Mandela Day - High Table

Head of UNODC Lagos Office, Mr Glen Prichard; Secretary General of UN Association, Engr. Ganiyu Owolabi; Counsellor Political, South African Consulate, Mr Peter Makwarela; UNIC Lagos Director, Mr Ronald Kayanja; Controller of Prisons, Lagos, Mr Olumide Tinuoye; the Consul General of the South African Consulate General, H.E. Mr Darkey Africa; and the Human Rights Adviser to the UN Nigeria, Dr Martin Ejidike.

Tuesday 19 July 2016: Coordination and cooperation among agencies in the justice sector is a critical success factor in the implementation of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, otherwise known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’.

This was the major resolution reached yesterday, 18 July 2016 after the discussion of the Nelson Mandela Rules with scores of Prison Officers drawn from the five prison facilities, including the female medium security prison, in Lagos State, as part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria. Continue reading

UNIC Lagos, partner unveil world’s largest African shirt on Mandela

Seyi as the CuratorAs the world prepares for the Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2015, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with Femi Arts Warehouse, has commenced a week-long exhibition of arguably the world’s largest African shirt, ‘Dansiki’ with hand-finished quotes of Nelson Mandela.

Some of the quotes on the shirt included, ‘Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening’; ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, it is inspiring others to move beyond it’; ‘Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished’; and ‘There are a few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph, if you have the iron will and the necessary skill’; among others.Group pix

Mounted on the Nelson Mandela’s effigy, the larger-than-life African shirt called ‘Dansiki’ in Yoruba Language of South-West Nigeria, and which measures 12 feet wide and 16 feet in length, is to edify the ideals, thoughts, philosophy and values of Nelson Mandela. His words on Marble, a few of which were inscribed all over the shirt, formed a veritable educational tool for students and people of all ages.

close up shotThe exhibition which opened on Wednesday 15 July 2015 at the premises of UNIC Lagos, will end on Wednesday, 23 July 2015. Already, students, NGOs, media, and other members of the public have visited the exhibition ground where the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, acting as the Curator, shared the message of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and explained the rationale behind the exhibition.

The Secretary General had in his message, called on people around the world to make a difference in the communities where they live and work by taking time to serve others. ‘The theme behind the Day – “Take action, Inspire change” – highlights the importance of working together to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world,’ he added, ‘Let us all continue, each day, to draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life-long example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all.’

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UNIC Lagos Officer-in-Charge removing cobwebs in the SOS Children's Village home
The United Nations Information Center Lagos in collaboration with United Nations of Youths Network Nigeria (UNOY), Global Alert for Defense of Youth and the less Privileged (GADYLP) and Selfworth Organization for Women Development (SOWD) organized an event to mark Nelson Mandela International Day 2013 and Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with the Theme “Inspire Change, Take action” on 18 July.
The event took place at SOS Children’s Village, Isolo in which about fifty participants from UNIC Lagos and the collaborating NGOs spent 67 minutes representing 67 years that Nelson Mandela devoted to humanity, cleaning the homes of the children in the ‘’village’’.
The programme started in the hall of SOS Children’s village where the pupils, teachers, parents, UNIC Lagos staff and the collaborating NGOs totaling about a hundred and fifty participated in the event. Amongst the special guest of honour were The Director of The SOS Children’s Village – Mr. B. A. Buraimoh; the Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area who was represented by his Chief of Staff – Hon. Sultan Facfoyi; The Chairman of UNOY and GADYLP – Prince Goodluck Obi and President of SOWD.
The theme of the day was introduced to the audience (with the pupils in mind) in an interactive manner by the President of UNOY and GADYLP – Prince Goodluck Obi and Ms. Nnena of SOWD. Prince Goodluck Obi gave a brief history of Nelson Mandela and what he stood for. The Special guests were given the opportunity to say a sentence describing Nelson Mandela.
The Secretary-General’s Message was then read to the audience by the Officer–in-Charge of the United Nations Information Centre – Ms. Olajumoke Araba.
The slide show of Nelson Mandela’s pictures was screened and also the film about Nelson Mandela – Invictus.
Whilst the film was being screened to the audience, about fifty participants comprising UNIC Lagos staff and the collaborating NGOs divided into four groups, went to clean and assist with the chores for 67 minutes in the homes of the SOS children. They swept and cleaned the floors, cleaned the windows washed the toilets, arranged clothes properly in the wardrobes, removed cobwebs and tidied the surroundings. The babies at home were also taken care of.
Quotes from some of the participants:
“I feel a new sense of purpose towards the clean-up campaign I have been assigned. I am motivated to do more than just 67 minutes; I want to create a cleanup campaign that I would be passionate about the children welfare”
“I loved to be part of any organization that create huge impact on mankind. I am ready to get back to my community so as to investigate how I can better serve children that are hopeless.”
The Director of the SOS Children’s Village was pleased about the action taken to inspire change.