- Late child Aids activist Nkosi Johnson would have turned 31 on Tuesday
- In honour of the inspiring kid's birthday, Google did something sweet
- The online search engine created a doodle of Nkosi
On this day in 1989, Nkosi Johnson was born. He would have turned 31 today but sadly passed away in 2001 due to Aids-related complications.
Nkosi became famous for being an Aids activist who inspired and united millions of people and he challenged the South Africans government to step up and make changes to its policies.
The young man was born with the virus and at the time, he was Mzansi's longest surviving HIV-positive-born child.
Google made a sweet gesture in honour of Nkosi's birthday. The online search engine created a doodle of the child activist.
Take a look at the doodles below:
Briefly.co.za previously reported that in his short time on earth, Nkosi made a big impact in many people's lives.
He worked to spread awareness of the disease he eventually succumbed to and opened a refuge for HIV positive mothers and their babies.
News24 reported a year before his death, Nkosi shot to international fame with a self-written speech he delivered that was televised worldwide to 10 000 delegates at the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban.
He began by introducing himself and explaining that he has "full-blown Aids" which was transferred from mother to baby.
He concluded his speech with:
"Care for us and accept us – we are all human beings. We are normal. We have hands. We have feet. We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else. Don't be afraid of us – we are all the same."
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