From one icon to another, Oprah Winfrey is set to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards.
Both are extraordinarily influential figures for all kinds of people, however Oprah made her respect and sadness very evident when Mandela died in December 2013. Soon after the tragic news, the former talk-show host said, “He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all”. Mandela’s story is not commonly unheard of, his contributions to human rights ultimately affected people from all over the world, whether we realize it or not.
The first NAACP Image Awards took place in 1967 and for a lot of people, the 45th anniversary will be considered a tribute to the legendary South African human rights campaigner. Attending the ceremony will be Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who starred in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom.
Presenting awards will be the likes of Vin Diesel, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut and Tyler Perry. Dennis Haybert will be the gala’s presenter. Needless to say that the ceremony will be very emotional for many people in attendance and watching at home as some of the healing wounds obtained when we heard the news of his death will be reopened.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 22 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and will air on TV One.