Nelson Mandela memorial service: In Photos and Videos
The memorial service if Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela was held today, Tuesday 10, December in South Africa.
The memorial service is being held in 90 thousand plus capacity football stadium in Johannesburg – this is the same stadium Mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa.
The speech stage was constructed and protected by bulletproof glass for the four-hour ceremony.
Full Live Coverage of the memorial service
People listed that will be paying their tributes include four of Mandela’s grandchildren, a former fellow inmate of his at Robben Island, the UN secretary general, and chair of the African Union commission. The six presidents due to speak include Barack Obama and Raul Castro of Cuba.
The death of Mandela came as a shock to the whole world. He has impacted highly in everyone one and leaders around the whole – so the memorial service and his funeral is a big deal.
The World gathered in South Africa
Almost every world leader was present to pay their tribute.
Eyes and Voice has gathered that 91 world leaders and tens of thousands of mourners gathered in the soccer stadium in South Africa uniting to pay tribute to the great man, who is global symbol of peace, reconciliation and a hero to the world.
This is one of the biggest send-offs in history – followed by that of Winston Churchill.
Mandela’s memorial service is being held at Soweto’s FNB stadium in front of a huge crowd and It is one of the biggest gatherings of international dignitaries in recent years, with more than 90 current heads of state or government attending.
It’s not just the present presidents and head of states that attended, some past presidents, like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Gorge Bush and wife, and other big government dignitaries also attended.
African governments was also present in their numbers, from President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president also attended.
During is remarkable speech, US President Barack Obama hailed Mr Mandela as the “last great liberator of the 20th Century”, but the South African President Jacob Zuma was booed at his arrival.
In the rain, thousands of South Africans sang and danced inside the FNB stadium in Soweto.
Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, said: “Whenever we met he called me ‘The Boss’, with a big smile. But he could also be as firm as anything. At one point he was negotiating a peace agreement in Burundi, and the protagonists were quarrelling and he stood up and stared them down and said: ‘The way you guys are behaving makes me ashamed to be an African.’ And of course people froze. But he’s the sort of person who would do that, challenge them to be better – to rise above the ordinary.”
Some controversial scenes
When President Barack Obama shock hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, a rare gesture of friendship betweent the two deeply opposed nations.
Probably the first and only time a US President has shaken hands with a leader of Cuba since the Cuban revolution 54 years ago in 1959.
I can tell you that, this is the largest gathering of world leaders on African soil in history.
Here are some of the world figures who attended (or due to attend):
– US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as well as former Presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter
– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his predecessor Kofi Annan.
– British Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband
– French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy
– German President Joachim Gauck
– Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe
– Cuban President Raul Castro
– Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
– Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
– Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba
– Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao
– President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas
– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
– Spain’s Prince Felipe and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
– Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
– Afghan President Hamid Karzai
– Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain
– Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa
– The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans
– Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Prime Minister Erna Solberg
– European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy
– Top Vatican official Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana
– British entrepreneur Richard Branson
– US talk show host Oprah Winfrey
– U2 singer and activist Bono – Bono collaborated with Mandela on charity issues
– Musician Peter Gabriel, who brought the idea of The Elders – a group of former leaders – to Mr Mandela
– British Model Naomi Campbell
Below are Photos of arrival of Dignitaries and Videos of speeches
Barack Obama Speech:
Arrival of Dignitaries:
Some notable people who did not come to the memorial are:
President Putin of Russian and China’s president.
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