Madiba @ 91.

Position:SOUTH AFRICA - Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday - Brief article

WHILE STEVIE WONDER sang "Happy Birthday" to Nelson Mandela miles away in New York where high-profile film and music stars gathered to celebrate the 91st birthday of the man the Independent (UK) newspaper described as "our planet's last living legend", Madiba, as he is fondly called, spent the day with those closest to him: family and surviving anti-apartheid stalwarts including former Zambian president, the iconic Kenneth Kaunda (pictured below in the second row, next to Mandela). The humble celebration at his house in Houghton, Johannesburg, at which his current wife Graca helped him cut the celebratory cake (which simply said "91" and was decorated in the ruling ANC colours) was indeed a far cry from the pomp exhibited in New York, with star-studded performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Angelique Kidjo, Alicia Keyes, Stevie Wonder, Baaba Maal and the First Lady of France, former top model and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.


The 91st birthday on 18 July also marked the launch of Mandela Day, which will be an annual commemoration initiated by his charity, the Mandela...

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