The name Madiba echoes great leader , as Alegi Said beautifully describes the name, Madiba is used to reclaim African-ness and to downplay the Nelson part, which is a colonial legacy that unfortunately shackled much of the African continent for a long, long time.
Nelson Mandela was a great African leader, a man of great dignity, born on the 18th of July 1918 in Transeki, South Africa, and sadly left us on the 5th of December 2013.
‘His greatest achievement was to see the need for reconciliation, to forswear retribution and then to act midwife to new, democratic South Africa, built on the rule of law, this was something only he could do’ The Economist.
In 1963 Madiba stood trial with fellow ANC and Spear of the Nation leaders for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. His statement from the dock ends with these words:?I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.- USA TODAY
Madiba was arrested for treason in 1962 and was convicted to life imprisonment on Robben Island. After years served in prison Madiba was released from prison in 1990 and in 1994 he became the first Black president in South Africa.
We have chosen to celebrate his legacy by sharing some of his inspiring words with You.