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Video: Nelson Mandela’s Gratitude Visit to Nigeria in 1993

Nelson Mandela’s visit to Nigeria

On the 11th of February, 1990, the Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela, was released from prison after serving a long sentence for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government.

To show gratitude, Nelson Mandela visited all African nations that supported him in the anti-apartheid struggle. Back in 1962, Mandela had ran to Nigeria to avoid being arrested by the apartheid government of South Africa, and with the help of Nnamdi Azikiwe, he stayed in the house of the Nigerian Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, for about six months before going back to South Africa.

Mandela could not forget this and other crucial roles Nigeria played in the struggle, so in 1993, he visited the Republic of Nigeria to show gratitude.


  1. I wish ordinary South African could read this or at least be reminded of this in case they had studied about it in school. The sad xhenobhobia issue could maybe stop.

    1. Well said! Indeed the attack could stop if they are reminded of the strong relationship that existed between Nigeria and South Africa. But it is really sad that history is yet to find its feet on the soil of both African nations. I believe that one day it will. Thank you for your visit and priceless comment, Siphosetu. You have an amazing blog. Kindly do check back.

  2. Acknowlegment is a stimulant that propels the doer. It’s positive effects cannot be overemphasized. The political hero Nelson has shown example, let His successors imitate him

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