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World’s largest African shirt on Mandela unveiled

Dansiki for Mandela. Photo by UNICLagos

As the world prepares for the Nelson Mandela
International Day on 18 July 2015, the United Nations
Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with
Femi Arts Warehouse, has commenced a week-long
exhibition of arguably the world’s largest Africa shirt,
‘Dansiki’ with hand-finished quotes of Nelson Mandela.
Some of the quotes on the shirt included, ‘Live life as
though nobody is watching, and express yourself as
though everyone is listening’; ‘Courage is not the
absence of fear, it is inspiring others to move beyond it’;
‘Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never
extinguished’; and ‘There are a few misfortunes in this
world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph, if you
have the iron will and the necessary skill’; among others.
Mounted on the Nelson Mandela’s effigy, the larger-
than-life African shirt called ‘Dansiki’ in Yoruba
Language of South-West Nigeria, and which measures
12 feet wide and 16 feet in length, is to edify the ideals,
thoughts, philosophy and values of Nelson Mandela. His
words on Marble, a few of which were inscribed all over
the shirt, formed a veritable educational tool for students
and people of all ages.

The exhibition which opened on Wednesday 15 July
2015 at the premises of UNIC Lagos, will end on
Wednesday, 23 July 2015.

Already, students, NGOs, media, and other members of
the public have visited the exhibition ground where the
National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, acting
as the Curator, shared the message of the UN Secretary
General, Ban Ki-moon and explained the rationale behind
the exhibition.

The Secretary General had in his message, called on
people around the world to make a difference in the
communities where they live and work by taking time to
serve others.

‘The theme behind the Day – “Take action, Inspire
change” – highlights the importance of working together
to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world,’ he
added, ‘Let us all continue, each day, to draw inspiration
from Nelson Mandela’s life-long example and his call to
never cease working to build a better world for all.’

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