Today a memorial service was held for Nelson Mandela in the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The service saw tens of thousands of people turning out in celebration of the life of the former first black president of South Africa who died last Thursday (5/12/13) at the age of 95 years old. Those in attendance included many political figures such as US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. However Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was not the only Irish representative there as U2’s frontman Bono was also spotted in the crowd along with a host of other high profile famous faces all wishing to pay tribute to the legendary figure.
Below is a link to the BBC website which provides an excellent collection of pictures from the memorial service highlighting just how many hearts and minds the thoughts, action and wisdom of Nelson Mandela touched during his lifetime.
Below are video clips showing US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the memorial cermony.
The funeral of Nelson Mandela will take place on Sunday 15th of December 2013.
Rest in Peace.