Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize-2015 : The award has been conferred to Jorge Sampaio and Helena Ndume
What is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize ?
- Jorge Sampaio and Helena Ndume have been awarded with the
inaugural Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize.
- The award was bestowed upon them as part of the annual
commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day (observed every year on 18
- Jorge Sampaio was conferred with this award for his contribution and
struggle for the restoration of democracy in Portugal.
- He is the former president of Portugal and was in office for
one decade from 1996 to 2006. He also had served as the mayor of Lisbon from
1989 to 1995.
- While Helena Ndume is a female ophthalmologist from Namibia.
- She was bestowed with this award for her contribution in
treating eye-related illnesses and blindness of people in Namibia and
throughout the developing world.
- It was established on the memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela for his extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, social transformation and political transition.
- It was established in June
2014 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA).