Almost 100 world leaders paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon and legendary president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. From Presidents to Prime Ministers and Royals – they gathered to remember the great change-maker. According to CNN, this has been billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history.
President Barack Obama shared a brief handshake with Cuba’s Raul Castro. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said in a speech. At the memorial in Johannesburg, South Africa, UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon instructs the crowd to keep the memory of the anti-apartheid icon alive by embodying his example in our lives.
“To the people of South Africa — people of every race and every walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.”
The current president Jacob Zuma added, “There is no one like Madiba. He was one of a kind.”