Bono and Charlize Theron were in attendance at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial yesterday. The ceremony took place at FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. There were over 60 heads of state in South Africa for the week long series of events commemorating one of the greatest leaders this world has ever known. Nelson Mandela, 95, died December 5th at his home peacefully.
Theron was born in South Africa and first met Mandela in 2004. She blew a kiss to the crowd as she arrived to the event. Bono wrote a first person tribute to Mandela in the Irish Times. Here’s a small piece:
“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made our first anti-apartheid effort. And he’s been a big part of the Irish consciousness even longer than that.”
There were several other celebrities including Naomi Campbell as well as royalty from all over the world in attendance for the first day of the tribute. The ceremony should be a wonderful dedication to a great man. RIP Nelson Mandela.
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