Nelson Mandela – a spiritual leader recognized worldwide

December 25th, 2014 got to know that Vanuatu Post recognized the incredible work achieved by Mandela and commemorated his life, one year after his death, through a new stamp issue which also unites the two flags of both nations. The philatelic release was unveiled and put into circulation on the 11th of December.

Nelson Mandela received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

His turbulent life saw this lawyer fighting for the rights of the black majority, get arrested for conspiracy, jailed for 27 years and rising to become the first black president of South Africa from 1994 until 1999. After making large reforms in land, poverty, healthcare and racial equality in this role, Mandela became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Madiba as he was known through his Xhosa clan name, is possibly South Africa's most respected citizen.