During his short lifetime Nkosi rose awareness for children with hiv and aids. In his famous speech during the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban in 2001, he asked the world to accept and love children and adults with hiv/aids just like any other human being, because as he said: “We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else - don't be afraid of us - we are all the same!”. Nkosi wanted to open Nkosi’s Haven together with his foster mother within the year. The thought behind Nkosi’s haven is that mothers with hiv/aids and their children should not be separated from each other. Unfortunately, Nkosi did not live to see Nkosi’s Haven grow. He died from aids in 2001 when he was only 12 years old.
Nationality South African
Year of birth 1989
Winner in 2005
Subject Inclusion of children with hiv/aids in South African society