Nelson Mandela

In the 90’s, I began to hear Nelson Mandela through the international news.  All along, I just knew him as a political figure.  That’s all.  But there are times I think why Mandela is even invited to rock concerts and celebrity shows far from his homelad?  This is uncommon to many political figures.  One time, I even saw him being hug and greeted by Bono of U2 .  I became more curious since then.   

I already forgot my intestest with Nelson Mandela until I watched the movie “Invictus.”    Two Thumbs up for the cast and crew, especially to its Director Clint Eastwood!  What a remarkable film!  Trully Awesome beyond the usual! 

But I noticed something.  I always admire Morgan Freeman and he has my respect and admiration.  It’s just that Nelson Mandela’s story is too remarkable for any actor could portray and the movie itself is too limited to tell how Nelson Mandela live his life and ho he have won South Africa’s respect and the world. 

Now, it’s been 20 years since he was freed from his cell.  He was a hero, imprisoned for 27 years for the crime of opposing a government that sought to enforce severe segregation laws with brutality.  It seems that when he was freed, so as the people of South Africa.  Below is how they returned Mandela’s sacrifices to his country… 

“We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free,” he said in his inauguration speech. “Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward. We are both humbled and elevated by the honor and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist government.” 

Mandela did not just serve his people well.  He also kept his promise —  serve but one term. 

As to his own words, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination,” he said. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” 

His name means, “pulling the branch of a tree” or, colloquially “troublemaker,” in the Xhosa language — foreshadowed how that greatness would manifest.  

Nelson Mandela’s is an inspiration to many and will continue to be.  His life and legacy is a continuous reminder to all leaders and aspiring to be… “if anyone wishes to the leader must be the servant of all.”

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