Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Founder of Africa Rising Foundation
Nelson Mandela had a “long walk to freedom,” yet his footprints still remain. Following in the footsteps of his beloved and iconic grandfather, Ndaba Mandela has taken the torch – and ran with it. Today, Nelson Mandela’s legacy lives on as Ndaba continues to keep its beacon of hope bright, fueling its fiery message that one person can make a difference. Thankfully for all, the legacy lives, as Ndaba was recently named one of the “28 Men of Change” by BET. His recent book, Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela, is the first-ever to tell Nelson Mandela's life through the eyes of the grandson who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba's life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known. Read More >
U of Michigan MLK Symposium 2015
The Mandela Legacy
Ndaba describes what is was like to first meet his iconic grandfather at age 11 when Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison – and then live with him in the Presidential Palace shortly thereafter. Ndaba tells tales and shares the inspiring, and often amusing, anecdotes told to him directly from his doting grandfather. Ndaba also describes to his audiences, both the joy and the strain he feels having the awesome responsibility of the world’s expectations to be counted on, and considered as, the “2nd chapter” of the Mandela story.
Ndaba is the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation. He describes its mission and purpose to increase employment, embrace and levy the benefits of Africa’s resources and de-stigmatize negative media stereotypes – ensuring a future filled with pride and prosperity. In fact, of the world’s 10 fastest rising economies today, Africa is home to six of them. Now in his presentations, he is able to demonstrate to companies how they can take advantage of the skills and hard-learned lessons Ndaba himself has endured, giving businesses the confidence to follow his lead and create these same kinds of opportunities for themselves in what is now a global hotbed of potential.
Ndaba speaks out on his own family’s struggle with AIDS, describing what is was like from his perspective to both lose family members, and live with the stigma of AIDS in Africa. He also offers his insight as a leader and advocate for AIDS education that can benefit any nation battling with this disease and the toll it takes on a mortal and emotional level.
As Founder and Chairman of the highly successful Africa Rising Foundation, Ndaba shares his wealth of knowledge and gives you the tools you will need to build a charitable organization from the ground up, or enhance your existing efforts. Showcasing what he has learned, Ndaba breaks down how to create and manage a successful philanthropic enterprise in this informative and easy to follow presentation.
Ndaba addresses the critical issue of how education and interconnectivity leads to employment in all areas – from the largest universities, to the smallest local schools. Ndaba also educates audiences on how to literally apply the tools it takes to realize his grandfather’s eternal message of the importance of education in one’s life, and also how to create the necessary solid support system of teachers, parents, civic leaders and mentors that it takes to succeed.
"It was a pleasure hosting Mr. Mandela. We were extremely appreciative of his willingness to go above and beyond in his engagement with us. Ndaba is an amazing individual and made our event a success!! His keynote address was inspirational, setting the tone for the day: engaging in dialogues beyond our campuses, building coalitions and enacting change."
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