World’s largest African shirt on Mandela unveiled

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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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