18 July – International Black Leaders Awareness Day

By Somila Tiwani

18 July is well-known as Nelson Mandela’s birth date. It is no coincidence that we globally celebrate Black Leaders the same day. Nelson Mandela can be considered the greatest leader to have existed by far, not only for South Africans but internationally as well.

Each year on 18 July , South Africans and the rest of the world commemorate the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and international icon. Whereas, International Black Leaders Awareness Day (18 July) is an intriguing and inspiring annual initiative to keep the pace going in the fight for black inclusion and the creation of an anti-racist culture. Through skills and information, Black Leaders Awareness Day enhances knowledge and raises awareness, allowing individuals and organisations to make stronger advances towards Black inclusivity.

Nelson Mandela has paved the way for Black Leaders. He was able to impact and unite activists towards his beliefs, because of his convictions and attitude. This activist made it his life’s mission to eradicate racism and fight for black inclusion. As we celebrate his birthday, we ought to celebrate him as the greatest black leader this International Black Leaders Awareness Day.

One of the potential black leaders in South Africa is DJ Sbu (Sibusiso Leope), the founder of MoFaya Energy Drink. DJ Sbu founded the brand in 2015 with his two other business partners. MoFaya is a representation of authentic African energy and quality; empowering the hustle that has become synonymous with MoFaya. The energy drink is entirely owned by black people who are passionate about entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.

DJ Sbu has proven to be a black leader as he has always empowered the youth through education and entrepreneurship. His brand is growing by the year.

Today, black leaders in politics have let us down. The covid-19 pandemic has exposed our South African leaders as greedy and corrupt. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pledge to fight corruption is undermined by reality, as the ruling party, in its various factions continue to seek power, avoid jail and keep grasping at the levers of theft. But the stakes were never higher than this, therefore we cannot resist applying pressure.

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