The world mourns the legendary and iconic life of Nelson Mandela,1918-2013. Mandela was more than a former South African President. He was more than a person imprisoned for 27 years, because of his opposition to apartheid. In South Africa apartheid was a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race. The white minority controlled the black majority for years.
Madiba, is a clan name and the meaning is a a sign of respect and affection. South Africans referred to their leader as Madiba. Mandela was the prophet for all South Africans. Mandela even in prison was an advocate and visionary of revolutionary socialism. Mandela had a new vision for South African and a new belief to move the country to democracy and equality. Nelson Mandela was like a rock star, when he traveled the world. He was a household name that many remembered. From Mayor Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young in Atlanta to Pope Francis, Mandela was known, loved and respect.
South Africa is officially the Republic of South Africa. South Africa has a multiethnic society of a variety of cultures, religions, and languages. About 80 percent of South Africans are of black African ancestry. The largest city is Johannesburg. Many languages are spoken in South Africa, 11 languages to date. In South Africa, 79.2% Black African and the white population 8.9%.
Famous quotes of Nelson Mandela
‘We can’t afford to be killing one another.’
‘No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.’
‘I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.’
‘If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.’
‘Forget the past.’
‘I have retired, but if there’s anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.’
Nelson Mandela was a man of humility, courageousness, a visionary prophet for South African and the world. Maya Angelou said it best in her poem written as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, ‘His Day is Done.’ Youtube.com.
‘As I walked out the door toward my freedom
I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred
and bitterness behind
That I would still be in PRISON.’ -Nelson Mandela