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‘We Have Lost Our Greatest Son’: What Should the Death of ‘Madiba’ Mandela Mean to You? by Yibakuo David Amakiri

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On 5th of December, 2013, Africa and indeed the whole world was thrown into grief over the death one extraordinary legend. One man who almost single-handedly fought the renowned apartheid regime of racial segregation and discrimination in the Republic of South Africa. As a result Mandela spent 27 years in prison before being released in 1990 at age 71. Mandela’s charisma, stoic optimism and conciliation towards adversaries and oppressors established him as one of the world’s most recognisable statesmen of the 20th century and a hero of democracy in South Africa and indeed Africa as a whole. [Usa Today]

After his fight and victory against the apartheid, he became the President of South Africa in 1994. After one term in office, he stepped aside for others with fresh ideas to move the South Africa nation forward. What an example for other African leaders!

Make no mistakes about it. In a continent where certain individual had made themselves institutions of state, a one-term President is no mean feat. We can recall the likes of Idi Amin Dada (Conqueror of the British Empire), Mubutu Sese Seko, Sani Abacha, Omar Bongo, Laurent Gbagbo, Muammar Qadaffi, Hosni Mubarak, and the still-going Omar Al-Bashir and Robert Mugabe all of whom have made their countries synonymous with dictatorships.

To our generation, we must embrace the example and the ideals of the great Madiba who despite suffering to get power, gave up the comforts of power to embrace service to humanity. He was the first black President of South Africa in a black continent but rejected the ‘black power syndrome’. He defined his generation by defining himself. He became the change that he wanted to see.

Instead of bantering over who the Mandela of Nigeria is, we must enmesh ourselves and importantly our political struggles, in the ideals which Madiba represented – a genuine desire for nation-building. That is what the death of Nelson Mandela should mean to all Nigerians, especially you!

Yibakuo David Amakiri is the current Administrative Officer of Golden Minds Nigeria. He believes in a new Nigeria.

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  1. Ken Ejiofor
    14/12/2013 at 16:31

    We look forward to ‘a greater than Nelson Mandela’ here.

  2. 14/12/2013 at 23:20

    We will have ‘him’

  3. 15/12/2013 at 20:37

    I don’t trust anyone out there could ever be like Mandela. I only trust myself. The question is do you trust yourself?

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