WASHINGTON - Nelson Mandela's grandson, Ndaba Mandela, was recognized by BET and Icon Mann in their currently-running 'Men of Change' campaign.
The campaign celebrates successful trailblazers from around the world by highlighting their achievements and beliefs.
Ndaba was honoured for his work as founder of the Africa Rising Foundation, which seeks to break down negative stereotypes surrounding the image and development of Africa as a whole.
Speaking to BET, Ndaba said messages within mainstream media and popular culture do not expose the youth to a positive image of the African continent.
“We have to break down the misconceptions that exist surrounding Africa. Africa is not just a place of war, poverty and disease, and dictators. Africa is the birthplace of humanity. The focus of my foundation, Africa Rising, is to change the global perception of Africa by working together to help highlight and identify areas for social and economic development that young people from around the world can engage with."
“We believe that once African youth are re-educated about their worth and value, our ability and effectiveness to solve our own problems will multiply exponentially,”
Ndaba also serves as Deputy President of the Pan-African Youth Council, which works closely with the African Union.