Thursday, December 12, 2013
(Soweto, South Africa) -- U2 frontman Bono and Oscar winner Charlize Theron joined dozens of heads of state, including President Barack Obama, in remembering the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela Tuesday. Theron, who was born in South Africa, first met Mandela in 2004. She blew a kiss to the audience upon her arrival at the memorial at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bono earlier wrote a tribute to the South African icon in the "Irish Times," describing his friend Nelson Mandela as a "forceful presence" since his teen years. British model Naomi Campbell was also seen arriving at the Mandela memorial, which concluded after four hours.
Mandela was released from a South African jail in 1990 after 27 years behind bars. He went on to win the nation's first all-race election in 1994 and become South Africa's first black president. Mandela died last Thursday at the age of 95.