The Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Nelson Mandela in 1999 to promote his vision of freedom and equality, has made the decision to venture into a new initiative involving non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The initiative revolves around the release of “Digital Patronage,” an NFT artwork that grants lifetime membership and association with the Foundation. The purpose of this membership is to foster a community of advocates for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, with the goal of spreading Madiba’s values and legacy.
A total of 1,918 unique NFT artworks have been created, each with its own distinctive features, and priced at $1,000.
In addition to owning a digital artwork from the Foundation’s archive, buyers will enjoy various benefits, including access to online and in-person events organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, as well as exclusive entry to a digital members-only portal featuring curated content.
This effort has been developed and launched in collaboration with Glorious, a creative NFT studio and marketplace that collaborates with renowned artists, musicians, athletes, and rights holders from around the world.
This is not the first time the Nelson Mandela Foundation has explored blockchain technology as a means of preserving Mandela’s values and artwork while increasing their reach. In February 2022, the Foundation released a collection of Mandela’s paintings and handwritten correspondence as NFTs under the name “My Robben Island” on Nifty Gateway. Later in March, an NFT auction took place featuring Mandela’s original 1961 warrant of arrest.