An ode to a great man: Celebrating Mandela

Africa, African Renaissance, Governance, History in the making, Politics

A bright light has been dimmed in Africa, our motherland. No it hasn’t been switched off, for the legacy of this great nation-builder remains with us. We mourn, we remember but above all we celebrate a life well lived, fighting for peace, dignity and freedom for the down-trodden.  Individuals like Nelson Mandela are not mourned, they are celebrated for he inspired change wherever he went and the millions of condolence messages pouring in are a testimony of the depth of character of this great leader.

Picture Credit-Everett (fineartamerica.com)

Picture Credit-Everett (fineartamerica.com)

He led a selfless life, sacrificed his youth to the advancement of human dignity and the freedom of his nation and people. His courage of conviction led him through the 27 years of incarceration, as he envisioned a free South Africa in which black and white co-existed peacefully. His release signified the beginning of freedom and unity as he sought progress for his country through reconciliation. He inspired many with his integrity and compassion, including myself, and we shall continue to pursue the ideals that he preached and lived.

2 thoughts on “An ode to a great man: Celebrating Mandela

  1. Reblogged this on Research and Advocacy Unit and commented:
    The Research and Advocacy Unit joins the rest of the world in celebrating the life and death of Nelson Mandela. Our condolences lie with the Mandela family, the South African nation, the African Continent and the global village at large. We have all lost a dedicated proponent of humanity and compassion.

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