Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan led the commissioning of the garden and the unveiling of a life sized bronze statue of Mandela alongside South African Consul General Sam Monaisa.
A South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999., Mandela was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.
His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism,poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. He served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997 and was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
Mandela served 27 years in prison, first on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife.
He was elected President and formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse ethnic tensions.He promulgated a new constitution and initiated the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses, as President.
Continuing the former government’s liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services.
He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy, Thabo Mbeki.