He has been referred to as a great man, a man of honor, a man who had a purpose to live because he has a cause to die for. Dada Mandela breathed his last on Thursday 5th December 2013 at around 10; 50 pm while at his home in Johannesburg South Africa. He was 95.
Mandela will always be remembered as a true Son of Africa. After over 27 years in captivity at Ruben Islands, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in numerous rebellions that opposed the apartheid regimes of P.W. Botha and Fredrick DE clerk, the two presidents that ensured that the white boers stay in power and render the native blacks insolvent.
Mandela stood for a just and united South Africa, he had the hope and the great ideas that would eventually see him released in April 1991. In 1994, man contested for presidency and was overwhelmingly voted as the first black president of South Africa. He knew that his dream had eventually come true.
Mandela was in office for only one term after which he passed the baton on to Thabo Mbeki, a fellow ANC activist.
When I attended the first African International Aids conference in Durban South Africa, Madiba was present and I was privileged to have gotten a little closer to him. He was a down to earth man full of humility and gratitude to the human race. After two years, during the closing ceremony of the International Aids conference in Barcelona Spain, Madiba encouraged the whole world to fight the invincible vice that had claimed a lot of lives in Africa, South of the Sahara. He added that if all families in Africa put up a spirited fight against poverty, then the AIDS scourge would gradually be contained.
Nelson Madela, a father, son, uncle and grandpa to many will always be remembered as a great African icon. God Bless the Soul of Mandela. Ameen.