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The former South African President will be laid to rest on Dec. 15 in the village of Qunu where he grew up, President Jacob Zuma announced Friday.
Goodluck Jonathan was in Paris when the news of former Nelson Mandela’s death hit the newswires. But the Nigerian President was quick to respond to the loss of the former South African President and anti-apartheid leader, declaring three days of national mourning in Nigeria, with flags to be flown at half-mast across the country during that period. .
After his release from prison in 1990, after 28 years in captivity, Nelson Mandela travelled extensively. West Africa was amongst his destinations, embraced as the hope of a new South Africa and an African hero.
Key quotes after the death of Nelson Mandela: -- US President Barack Obama: "He achieved more than could be expected of any man." -- South African President Jacob Zuma: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Apartheid-era South Africa's most feared prison, Robben Island, remains inextricably linked with Nelson Mandela, its most famous inmate who spent decades of hard labor educating his comrades and charming even his granite-hearted jailers.
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95. "He is now resting," said South African President Jacob Zuma. "He is now at peace." "Our nation has lost his greatest son," he continued. "Our people have lost their father."
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday officially launched a surveillance drone in the strife-torn northeast in the first such move by the United Nations.
Three months on from the initial split in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) has welcomed several leading PDP dissidents into its ranks.
Mauritanians voted on Saturday in nationwide elections overshadowed by a boycott of the "radical" opposition -- apart from an Islamist party calling its participation a struggle against "dictatorship".
Chad's President Idriss Deby named a new prime minister on Thursday, hours after the previous head of government resigned along with his cabinet as parliament prepared to examine a motion of censure against them.