Nelson Mandela, the man behind movements for peace and equality in South Africa, is celebrating his 93rd birthday today. The former South African president spent a quiet birthday with friends and family in his rural hometown, according to the Associated Press.
Mandela's life hasn't been without struggle, though -- he spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid in the country before he became president.
South Africa's current president, Jacob Zuma, made the 600-mile trip to see Mandela on his birthday.
"I came to spend time with the Mandela family, to rejoice with them, but also to eat cake. There was a huge cake," Zuma joked.
"Mandela is absolutely in good spirits," he added.
Mandela most recently released a book, Nelson Mandela By Himself, that shares his thoughts on everything from freedom to HIV and AIDS.
We're happy that such a beacon of peace and hope is still around to share his message with the world.
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