Happy birthday Nelson Mandela! The South African former-president, anti-apartheid activist and all-round hero turns 94 today. Twitter certainly knows how to celebrate in style with #mandeladay #madiba and Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela dominating today’s trends.
@NelsonMandela – the official Twitter handle for the Nelson Mandela Foundation tweeted at midnight to say: “Today is #MandelaDay, will you be joining a global movement for good & giving 67 minutes in honour of the 67 years #Madiba gave to humanity?” spurring a flurry of Twitter good will.
The tributes have flooded in all afternoon…
@Oxfam: “Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela! You r a symbol of hope & inspiration to people around the world”
@Azadessa: “Happy birthday #Madiba, Your name has become the grammar of hope, inspiration and shared humanity on the beloved continent. #Mandela”
A handful of public figures have also praised the South African figurehead, including William Hague who tweeted: “Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela. Thank you for your inspiration to everyone striving for freedom around the world #Madiba”
But it is @dosomething who make the best of their limited tweet capacity: “Happy birthday, Nelson Mandela. You are too much to appreciate in 140 characters.”