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Life of most enduring hero ‘Nelson Mandela’ comes to an end

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a leader, politician and philanthropist was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, Cape Province, South Africa. He was the first black South African who served as the President of South Africa. The tenure of his president ship was from 1994 to 1999, the center of focus of his government was on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.

Mandela faced many challenges in his life, he remained 27 years in jail but refused to compromise his principles, while for most of that time his own party, the African National Congress (ANC), was broken.

But he emerged in February 1990 to become the dominant influence in his country, without whom peace was unlikely.

When he was elected President in April 1994, he was accepted by whites as well as blacks as the embodiment of his country’s new democracy, with a unique moral authority.

 

He is the most respected, and probably the most loved of all world leaders in the late 20th century, and the most enduring of the heroes who emerged from the political convulsions of the 1980s. 

 

Mandela died of a lung infection on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. He was 95 years of age and surrounded by his family.

There was a Hollywood movie named ‘Invictus’ which was released in the United States on December 11, 2009, the film tells the incredible story of Nelson Mandela’s rise to power during the 1995 Rugby World Cup which took place in South Africa.

Invistus displayed the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country.

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Invictus is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin, directed by Clint Eastwood. The writers were Anthony Peckham while Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge are among the cast of the film.

Following are some of the famous quotations of Nelson Mandela,

On Education:
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

On Motivation:
It always seems impossible until its done.

On Freedom:
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

On Wisdom:
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

On racism:
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

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