Mandela's centenary festively celebrated

In the presence of His Excellencies the Ambassadors of South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Morocco, Algeria and Tunesia and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities on behalf of the rector magnificus of Leiden University, Prof. Mark Rutgers, the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was celebrated on 1 June in Leiden. Prof. Tom Lodge (University of Limerick), biographer of Nelson Mandela, gave an insightful keynote speech about the leadership of "Madiba" by looking at pictures, some of which were of enduring importance in perpetuating Mandela’s moral stature. The event was hosted by the African Studies Centre Leiden and co-organised with the South African Embassy to the Netherlands and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We look back on a truly festive afternoon! See the pictures below (© Eelkje Colmjon/African Studies Centre Leiden). 

Read Tom Lodge's keynote speech.

Watch Tom Lodge's presentation.

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  • Keynote speaker Prof. Tom Lodge waiting for the guests to arrive. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Mr. Mourad Amokrane, chargé d'Affaires a.i., Embassy of Algeria; H.E. Mr. Oji N. Ngofa, Embassador of Nigeria; H.E. Mr. Bruce Koloane, Embassador of South Africa; Prof. Mark Rutgers Dean Faculty of Humanities. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Master of Ceremonies Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald, director ASCL. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Prof. Mark Rutgers, Dean Faculty of Humanities, welcomes the guests on behalf of rector magnificus Prof. Carel Stolker. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • H.E. Mr. Bruce Koloane, Ambassador of South Africa to the Netherlands, gives an introduction to the centenary of Nelson Mandela. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Keynote speaker Prof. Tom Lodge (University of Limerick) on the leadership of Mandela by looking at pictures. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Ambassadors with Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald, director ASCL. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Question time! Prof. Carol Clarkson, Chair in Modern English Literature, University of Amsterdam. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Prof. Chibuike Uche (ASCL) socializing with H.E. Mr. Oji N. Ngofa, Ambassador of Nigeria to the Netherlands. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden
  • A South African gathering in Leiden. © Eelkje Colmjon-African Studies Centre Leiden