Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize-2015 : The award has been conferred to Jorge Sampaio and Helena Ndume


  • 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 July).
  • 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.
What is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize ?
  • 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).