Nearly 12 million children across South Africa kicked off celebrations Wednesday for the 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the country's deeply loved anti-apartheid icon, with resounding choruses of Happy Birthday.
Mandela is expected to spend the day privately with his family at their homestead in his southeastern birth village of Qunu. Meanwhile, communities in South Africa and around the world were dedicating 67 minutes of the day to volunteer work and projects for the needy — one minute to mark each of Mandela's 67 years in public service.
On this special day, the 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela, one of Africa's greatest heroes and first president of post-apartheid South Africa, I join the rest of Africa and the world in saying Happy Birthday to Madiba.
Read some of the birthday wishes from well wishers across the world here