Inspire 1000 kids to #BeLikeMadiba – support our Kickstarter

To celebrate the life of the late Nelson Mandela, a group of South African designers and colleagues set out to collect 95 exceptional posters from around the world, honouring Madiba’s lifelong contribution to humanity. They did this in 2013, the year Madiba would have had his 95th birthday.

Working as volunteers, together with a network of collaborators around the world, they called this effort the Mandela Poster Project, and they became known as the Mandela Poster Project Collective (MPPC).

MPPC have shown the 95 posters in roving exhibitions around the world since then. They sold the master set for R1 million ($100 000 at the time) and donated the money to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital – a lifelong dream of South Africa’s revered former president.

This year sees the celebration of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday and the MPPC is planning to use the posters in a special project.

They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 000 to print 1000 copies of I have an Idea: Be Like Madiba, an A5 journal that they’re creating for the young patients at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The journal includes all 95 posters from the globetrotting Mandela Poster Project.

I have an idea: Be like Madiba will be their book to use in any way they like.

So, MPPC is making a special plea for you to help raise $10 000 to print 1000 journals and inspire 1000 kids to #BeLikeMadiba.

Ready to make a pledge? Visit the Kickstarter page at  to learn more.

Mandela Poster Project in Zagreb, Croatia
Mandela Poster Project in New York, USA
Mandela Poster Project in Melbourne, Australia
Mandela Poster Project in Madrid, Spain
Mandela Poster Project in Boston, USA


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (