- The late former South African president Nelson Mandela was loved not only by his people, but by people from all over the world
- Top celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé Knowles all posed for photos with the legendary statesman
- Oprah once shared a photo she took while in Mandela's house and described it as one of the greatest honours in her life
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Nelson Mandela was a celebrity among celebrities. The pictures of the late statement and activist with some of the greatest stars in the world proved that celebs seized every opportunity to pose for a photo with him.
Stars such as Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyoncé Knowles have all posed for snaps with Nelson Mandela. Today (18 July 2022), Mzansi is celebrating Nelson Mandela Day, and Briefly News takes a look at 5 top stars who have taken pictures with the late former president.
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The late King of Pop met Nelson Mandela on different occasions. According to Channel Africa, the two first met in July 1996 when the Heal The World singer attended Mandela's private birthday celebrations.
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Beyoncé may be one of the greatest stars of our time, but she totally fangirled over Mandela, and their pictures together are proof. The star even shared an emotional tribute when the former president passed away. She wrote:
"Thank you for all you have sacrifices to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace❤️"
The queen of talk shows met Nelson Mandela more than once. She once revealed that she was invited into Mandela's home to spend private time with him. She said:
"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time, and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time."
The award-winning actor often got confused with Nelson Mandela. Some peeps even thought the two were related. Morgan Freeman even played Nelson Mandela in the 2009 movie Invictus.
The I Will Always Love You hitmaker met Mandela in November 1994. Mandela described her as "one of the priceless jewels of the anti apartheid struggle" during a press conference.
Miss SA Lalela Mswane makes history, becomes 1st black woman to be crowned Miss Supranational
In other entertainment news, Briefly News also reported that Miss SA Lalela Mswane flew the country's flag high when she bagged the Miss Supranational 2022 at the event held on Friday.
The beautiful law graduate made history by becoming the first woman of color to bag the prestigious title, beating contestants from 69 other countries.
According to SABC News, the competition, which started in 2009, is one of the three most prestigious events in the world. Per the publication, Mswane beat Miss Thailand, Praewwanich Ruangthathong, and Vietnam's Nguyen Duyen, who were the first and second runners-up.
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