We’ve lost another legend but we wouldn’t cry. Truth is people don’t cry for Legends, we celebrate them and the exemplary things they accomplished while they were with us. This is in no way a Eulogy, rather it’s a tribute, a testament if you will to the legend that was Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18th July 1918- 5th December 2013) was many things, a politician, a philanthropist, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, the first black president of South Africa as well as the first elected in a fully representative, Multiracial election.
I read his Autobiography 2 years ago and I remember saying to my self that this was a man, I wanted to surpass when I grew up. His feats can only be hoped to be rivaled by his fellow African Kofi Annan (Former UN Secretary General).
I cannot begin to list out the things He did. If you do want to know more, check out his Autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom or Stalk his page on Wikipedia.. I can’t possibly try to portray his life in words but I’d like to end with this:
You’d forever be remembered as the Hero you were, a beacon of hope, You helped bring South Africa out of Their Colonialist Chains. Rest Well Mandiba, You fought a good fight, you lived for your people and you died a Legend.
Ochuko A. Akpomudjere