By Zikhona Masala, CNBC Africa reporter and producer
As the world celebrates 100 years since the birth of struggle icon, Nelson Mandela, we can’t ignore the growing list of things named after the former statesman from restaurants to streets across the globe. Here are 18 of the not so obvious.
A train station in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia.
An African orb-weaver spider which belongs to the spider family called Araneidae.
An orchid in Singapore named after Nelson Mandela.
A tea brand specialising in making indigenous South African flavours.
A tree named after Mandela in Columbia.
A crane flower previously called the Kirstenbosch Gold which was later renamed in honour of Nelson Mandela.
A wine collection produced by the daughter and granddaughter of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
The oldest woodpecker species whose remains were unearthed at the Langebaanweg fossil site named in South Africa’s south-west coast.
A sea slug named by Marine biologists.
The result of the merging of the University of Port Elizabeth and PE Technikon in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
South Africa’s largest cable-stayed bridge which connects Johannesburg’s inner city.
A public shopping square situated in Sandton, Johannesburg in Africa’s richest square mile.
The gateway to Robben Island Prison in Cape Town where South African freedom fighters were imprisoned.
The site at which Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism in August 1952.
Mandela Day Marathon venue is just next to the site where Madiba was captured.
The shirts became Madiba’s trademark clothing item. FUN FACT: Sonwabile Ndamase who was Nelson Mandela’s designer the shirts were not a fashion statement but were because of the former statesman’s health.
An edition of the Protea coin series in honour of Nelson Mandela.