Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa  is celebrating his 93rd Birthday! Millions of school children in South Africa sang a special “Happy Birthday “ song to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday Monday.

Mandela received birthday wishes from South African leaders including President Jacob Zuma and from U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama called Mandela “a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation” in a statement. He became South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

His foundation also has recently released “Nelson Mandela By Himself,” a book featuring more than 2,000 Mandela quotations on topics ranging from freedom to forgiveness to HIV/AIDS.

For many South Africans, the elder statesman is also thought of as a beloved family member and referred to by his clan name, Madiba.

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