By Ayo Onikoyi
Wednesday, 18th of July every year, is an important date on the timeline of world history as it marks the birthday of global icon and father of modern South Africa, Nelson Mandela. This year, the date marks a hundred years since the birth of the legendary statesman,Nobel Peace Prize winner and definitely one of Africa’s most beloved icons.
In recognition of this special occasion, Africa’s leading media company, DStv will launch a special five-day long pop-up channel to celebrate and honour the extraordinary life and legacy of Tata Madiba on the 18th of July. DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel will be available to all DStv customers across Africa. Starting on Madiba’s birthday, Wednesday 18 July, at 6 pm, the channel will feature an exceptional mix of films, documentaries and archive footage.
“Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy. While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit. We are immensely proud to dedicate a unique pop-up channel to celebrate the life and legacy of this beacon of selflessness and reconciliation, who gave hope to millions,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.
The channel, which was compiled for DStv by M-Net, Africa’s leading storyteller, is packed with programmes that paint a powerful picture of what it meant to be Madiba – and what Madiba has meant to the world.