The Nelson Mandela Foundation launched a collection of NFTs together with Glorious Digital in commemoration of the “Nelson Mandela International Day” designated on July 18.
In memory of Nelson Mandela, the foundation of the former South African president launched a collection of NFTs with the collaboration of Glorious Digital, which is based in Auckland and has already participated in several collaborations, such as that of Rita Angus, the New Zealand painter considered one of the leading figures of 20th century art, among others.
The date on which the NFTs will go on sale has not yet been confirmed, but the idea of the Nelson Mandela Foundation is to honor the life and legacy left by the South African for the struggle for freedom and peace.
For those who do not know his story, Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba, was a lawyer, activist against apartheid, a system of racial division that officially established South Africa in 1948 with laws that made to eliminate multiple rights to the black population.
He was also a politician and philanthropist. Having been against the apartheid system, he suffered the consequences of being imprisoned for 27 years.
On February 11, 1990, he was released and after almost three decades of being inmate 46664 and classified as a “D” prisoner (the worst classification in South Africa’s prison system), he regained his name and surname for the creation of a new nation.
He presided over his country from 1994 to 1999, becoming the first black president to participate in an executive branch.
He passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 from an acute respiratory infection.
The Foundation’s press release on the new NFTs collection was released on July 18, Nelson Mandela International Day, which has been commemorated since 2010 when the United Nations General Assembly decided to honor the former South African president.
The goal with Glorious Digital is to explore the full story of Mandela and the impact his life had on society.
Glorious will have access to different never-before-seen photos, historical archives, personal documents, among other things, and the project will last ten years to reflect and honor Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
In addition, he received several awards related to his struggle for peace, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Lenin Peace Prize.
All of this will be reflected in and attempt to convey the NFTs collection.
Finally, a non-fungible Mandela token has already been auctioned, it was in March this year when the sum of $130,000 was raised reflecting the document of Nelson’s arrest warrant in 1962.
The auction was conducted by Momit a digital art company and the proceeds went to the Liliesleaf Museum heritage site, located in South Africa, which received the original document in 2004 as a donation and “is a way to help museums stay afloat”, since, they suffered greatly from tourism due to the recent Covid-19 that paralyzed practically the whole world and mostly tourist sites due to travel restrictions.
Written by Rodrigo Catalan (TW: @RodrigoCatalanB) for NFT Express.