As part of Black History Month Girlfridayz takes a look at one of the Greatest Leader on the Planet earth. He ended the Apartheid, spend 27 yrs in prison on his release saw his dream for Democracy came through has he cast his vote for the first time he was 71 yrs old and became the president of South Africa his country.
he fought so much for freedom and followed his cause through never lose track of his vision a cause he was willing to die for. He departed us on the 5th/12/2013 at the tender age of 95 yrs old - RIP the greatest leader.
Not only have we lost a great man and a great leader for his country, but also a shining example of the kind of leadership we need today.
He has left a huge inspirational void that we need to follow his model of leadership so we as human beings are better people and we support one another as oppose to the teardown leadership blaming culture seen in today leadership kind of me me me.
Mandela lived for 27 years in prison, mostly on Robben Island, where every day with a small hammer he broke rocks apart in the blazing sun only to retreat into his only home, an 8’ by 8’ cell.
Mandela helped to unite South Africa as he dismantled apartheid, the cruel system of white minority rule. He symbolised for all of Africa a commitment to democracy and freedom.
He was a man of quiet dignity to match his towering achievements; a man with an ever radiant smile and immense humble sense of humour. Mandela was a rare visionary who would see beyond the current struggles and pain. He was convinced that one day the best parts of humanity would prevail over the worst parts. He even inspired his enemies to be better than they had been through forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission he established is a great model for achieving justice in all nations where human rights abuses occurred and pain needs to be healed.
One of the clear things that propelled Mandela to greatness amidst his suffering and depersonalise in prison, was forgiving his jailers, feeling compassion for those who had caused him pain and his desire for reconciliation. Mandela had the capacity to transcend himself for the sake of those around him and higher causes and is the foundation of wisdom.
His personal pain has caused his family to suffer, seeing the nation he led sink into corruption, and admitting his own mistakes, after all he fought for and after his release from prison, he was never overwhelmed or stopped his resolve to make things better.
Mandela was not a perfect man, and in acknowledging his flaws, he becomes even greater. In his later years, Mandela acknowledged his weaknesses, his turbulent youth and his tempestuous relationship with women. Mandela once said, “one of the most difficult things is not to change society—but to change yourself.”
Zelda la Grange, Mandela’s personal assistant for almost two decades who said Mandela’s “exceptionalism” was because he inspired people to forgive, to reconcile, to be selfless and tolerant and to maintain dignity no matter what the circumstances.
Here a video about his life good watch and a piece of history
Madiba we salute you - we admire you and you are inspiring us here at Girlfridayz
he was one of the greatest of this earth a freedom fighter, a beacon of hope for the African Nation, his country and the whole world. He saw his cause through he won his walk to freedom for himself and his country he achieved what one could have thought impossible ending apartheid, oppression, but he turned the impossible into possible.
He saw something that he could do achieve freedom for South Africa and carried his vision until he died but he achieved his goal Democracy for South Africa and freedom from the shackle of oppression by the white minority and became the first Black President of South Africa.
What a tremendous achievement, humongous achievement, tenacity, determination, hope, humble, authenticity, courageous and an undying belief in freedom for his people, himself and his country, he embodied wisdom in mankind.
Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Although critics on the right denounced him as a communist terrorist and those on the radical left deemed him too eager to negotiate and reconcile with apartheid's supporters, he gained international acclaim for his activism. Widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he received more than 250 honors—including the Nobel Peace Prize—and became the subject of a cult of personality.
He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, "Madiba", and described as the "Father of the Nation".
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18/07/18 - die 5th/12/2013 aka Madiba - 466/64 famous prison number
Speech from the Dock quote by Nelson Mandela on 20th April 1964
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
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