In Rome the capital of Italy, Michelina Sanquest, the Goodwill Tourism Ambassador of Zambia and Global Ambassador of African Tourism Board joined other dignitaries across the world to remember the passing of legendary Nelson Mandela as the world marks 10th year of his demise.
At a ceremony organised today, at the Chamber of Deputies – the lower House of Italian Parliament, exactly 10 years since the renowned apathied era activist left the scene, ltalian government felt it would be a great honour to his larger than life image to celebrate him as there remains a vacuum in his absence.
“We had a ceremony in Rome today to remember an icon of Africa that once graced this world and left a foot print of positive impact to humanity, not just Africa alone, fighting for justice. As a Goodwill Tourism Ambassador for Zambia in Rome, it was my pleasure to join other great personalities from all over the world to remember him, by celebrating a life well spent. And I want to appreciate my government for this beautiful gesture”, said Michelina Sanquest, the Goodwill Ambassador of Zambia in Rome.
Many other great personalities from the government, the private sector, Africa and Europe were also in attendance, prominent among them was Honourable Aboubakar Soumahoro, a Parliamentarian in the Chamber of Deputies of Italy originally from Cote D’Ivoire who extolled the virtues of Madiba.
Also remembering the African giant was the Nelson Mandela Foundation, according to a statement made available to the media, the foundation called for a concerted effort to eradicate poverty in the world, through what it described as “dismantling poverty and inequality”.
It reads: “The Foundation also unveiled the official mark for the 10-Year Remembrance of Nelson Mandela’s passing, the official call to action as well as this year’s programme, including a global activation of the Nelson Mandela International Day. This year, Mandela Day will focus on Climate, Food & Solidarity. The call to action is for new hands to join the work of dismantling poverty and inequality by taking action against climate change and creating food resilient environments”.
You will recall that Nelson Mandela breath his last sorrounded by families and loved ones on the 5th December, 2013 at Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa, at a ripe old age of 95 years.