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Mauritania names street after South African icon, Nelson Mandela

July 02, 2018 at 05:46 am | News

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

July 02, 2018 at 05:46 am | News

Nelson Mandela Avenue. Photo: Twitter/African Union

African leaders and heads of state converged at Nouakchott, Mauritania to rename an avenue after South Africa’s icon Nelson Mandela at the 31st  African Union Summit.

The event is in celebration of Mandela’s centenary: 2018 marks 100 years since Mandela was born.  It was presided by Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritania).

The newly-named street is adjacent to a street named after Mauritania’s first President, Moktar Ould Daddah.

The move has been seen as significant both in the country and in Africa. There are plans to rename a new convention centre in the capital after Mandela as a way to honour the icon for his contribution to peace and reconciliation.

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