Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter will be in Liverpool next week to give her blessing to a new memorial to the anti-apartheid icon.
Mandela’s granddaughter Tukwini will join Dr Makaziwe ‘Maki’ Mandela for the three-day visit taking place from Monday to Wednesday (11 – 13 February).
The pair’s first engagement will see them head to Princes Park in Toxteth, and to the location where the permanent memorial to Madiba will stand.
They will be joined by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and local charity Mandela8, which has commissioned the memorial, and take part in a special ceremony which will officially start the work onsite.
The family will also be given a tour of where the new ‘Freedom Bridge’ will be located, a planned pavilion and 32 cylindrical stoneworks inscribed with inspirational Mandela quotes.
The family members will spend their remaining time in Liverpool visiting a number of community projects, including the Steve Biko Housing Association, taking part in a special community event in L8, being the guests of honour at civic reception in the town hall and heading to Bellerive FCJ Catholic College for an assembly.
They will also head to St George’s Hall to see the limited edition ‘Struggles Collection’ prints Nelson created and Dr Maki gifted to the city in March last year when Mandela8 visited South Africa.
On Tuesday 12 February, Dr Maki will lead a sold-out lecture at the Martin Luther King Building next to the International Slavery Museum.
Their visit, which is being sponsored by MSB Solicitors, will end on 13 February with a Mandela8 TUC fundraiser at The Devonshire House Hotel on Edge Lane.
Dr Maki says: “I am delighted to be invited to the city of Liverpool – a city which honoured my father and a city whose links with South Africa are longstanding.
“Liverpool has stood side by side with South Africa, fighting injustice and supporting anti-apartheid.
“Most importantly the visit will mark the 29 year anniversary of my father’s release from prison and we are pleased to be acknowledging the significant milestone in Liverpool.
“We look forward to meeting those involved in supporting South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, and continuing our dialogue about educational opportunity.”