Celebrating #Madiba

By Nwachukwu Egbunike

Africa has lost a voice, the light that was lit 95 years ago has finally ceased glowing on this part of terrestrial existence. However, Nelson Mandela cannot die because his works and words have assumed material immortality.

Madiba has joined the league of our living ancestors. One cannot dismiss the pain of his absence yet it is the way of all men. The “Long Walk to Freedom” which started almost a century ago has finally ended in the bliss of eternity.

Nelson Mandela (on a visit to Brazil in 1998, Photo credit: Arquivo/ABr, from the Wikimedia Commons)

Nelson Mandela (on a visit to Brazil in 1998, Photo credit: Arquivo/ABr, from the Wikimedia Commons)

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

And here’s a video of Madiba’s Inaugural Address:

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