The United Nations Information Centre partnered with the South African High Commission in Cameroon and the Mobile Telephone Network Company (MTN Foundation) Cameroon to celebrate the 2019 Mandela Day on 18 July 2019 at the Agape Children’s Home, Yaounde.
Bishop Dr. Adjei John Jonas; Promoter of the AGAPE Children’s Home, expressed gratitude to visitors and donors for coming to support the orphans with various gifts, as the world celebrates Mandela Day,
UNIC’s NIO; Jean Njita presented the life, cardinal principles of the man called Nelson Mandela. He further stated why the UN proclaimed 18 July as Mandela day, quoting UN General Assembly Resolution 64/13 adopted on 10 November 2009.
Her Excellency KGOMOTSO Ruth; South African High Commissioner to Cameroon, appreciated effort of promoter of the AGAPE Children’s Home for setting up an impressive orphanage, to cater for the less privileged children. She reminded participants that the humanitarian actions to donate some basic necessities to the kids was in line with UN and the South African directives whereby everyone is called upon to carry out a free and voluntary action to commemorate the hero MADIBA, former President of the free and democratic South Africa. She intimated that “these children, even after 20 years, will remember that we celebrated Mandela Day with them and offered them useful material”. She tuned the song; ASIMBONANGA by Johnny Clegg, to end her speech.
Event was graced by songs, poems, dances and the presentation of the South African Map, drawn by children of the orphanage.
The message of the UN Secretary General; Antonio Guterres was distributed to all participants, in a kit comprised also of the UNGA 64/13. Mr. Guterres invited everybody to work collectively for peace, stability, sustainable development and human rights.