Mandela’s happiest day
“This is the happiest day of my life,” African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela stated on the evening of July 24, 1991, before tens of thousands of Jamaicans in the National Stadium, at the climax of a hectic 24-hour visit.
Yesterday, Saturday, July 24, marked 30 years since this historic visit of Nelson and Winnie Mandela to Jamaica.
The occasion was filled with unrestrained outpourings of love and affection for the ANC president and his wife, Winnie. Some streets in Kingston were filled with adults and children hoping to get a glimpse or touch of them.
Nelson Mandela was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the highest honour a non-national can receive. During his busy schedule, he received an honorary doctorate at The University of the West Indies, dined with six heads of government from the region, and had the honour of addressing a session of the joint houses of Parliament.
Relive some of the moments from this historic occasion in pictures from The Gleaner Archives.
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