Since 1995, every November 16 is marked as the International Day for Tolerance to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.
“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human,” according to UNESCO, and the day is set aside to press home the need for dialogue and exchange as the world struggles for peace.
Discussions about Africa have, over the years, been in terms of conflict driven by ethnic and religious differences. Yet, there were times that some African leaders took charitable decisions that otherwise could have spelt doom for the continent.
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Here are the circumstances under which those choices were made: