Press release courtesy of Norfolk State University

Ndaba Mandela learned much from his legendary grandfather, civil rights leader Nelson Mandela. The younger Mandela will share how he is continuing his grandfather’s legacy on his own terms during an appearance at Norfolk State University on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center on the campus of Norfolk State University, serves as the kickoff for NSU’s Black History Month commemoration and is free and open to the public.

During his lifetime, Nelson Mandela went from a civil rights lawyer to an anti-apartheid activist, to a prisoner, to the first democratically elected Black president of South Africa who dismantled apartheid and reshaped the country—an incredible life story by any measure.

However, Ndaba Mandela did not meet his grandfather until he was seven years old and went to live with him at 11--after he had been released from prison, but the elder Mandela’s guidance and lessons set a fire and passion within him, which fueled his mission as an adult.

Ndaba is currently the co-founder and chairman of the Mandela Institute for Humanity and co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world and to increasing its potential for growth in the areas of education, employment and international corporate alliances for profit and partnership. Ndaba Mandela also serves as an executive director of UN AIDS, which seeks to end discrimination around HIV/AIDS, a disease that took the lives of both his parents.

The importance of his message and his mission is one that should resonate and inspire all who hear it. This historic event is being co-sponsored by Chartway Credit Union.

"Chartway Credit Union is honored to partner with Norfolk State University in sponsoring this meaningful event featuring Ndaba Mandela. As he shares insights from his grandfather's enduring legacy and we kick off Black History Month celebrations, we are reminded that inclusion, community engagement, and the pursuit of excellence are universally valued. Together, we look forward to fostering a bright way forward for our community,” said Brian Schools, president and CEO of Chartway Credit Union.

If your media organization is interested in covering this event, contact the NSU Office of Communications and Marketing at (757) 823-8373.

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About Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University is a comprehensive urban public institution committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service. Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well-rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century. NSU, the largest HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, plays a vital economic and social role in the City of Norfolk, the Hampton Roads region, and across Virginia.

About Chartway

Since 1959, Chartway has been unlocking the potential of individuals and families so they can thrive. Member-owned and values-driven, our $2.9 billion credit union proudly serves more than 230,000 members with branches in Utah, Texas, and Virginia. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions, included on American Banker’s Top Credit Union to Work For list, and received numerous other top workplace and best credit union accolades. Reflecting a bright way forward, our charitable arm – the Chartway Promise Foundation – has granted nearly $15 million to provide medically fragile children and their families memorable experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles. For information on our vibrant organization, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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