After typing out the title of this very blog post, for a moment a blank expression swept over my face because I didn’t know what to write. Well, not that I didn’t know, I just know so much that it was extremely hard for me to put all of that into something concisely sweet about the one and only “father of the nation”, internationally acclaimed statesmen and icon, and my very personal hero-Mr Nelson Rolihlala Mandela, aka Tata Madiba (whom for quite a number of years lived in Soweto, precisely in Orlando west, Vilakazi street).
Shuuuh…I hope I didn’t lose you after such an introduction, kind of feeble really, I think. But getting back on track, I’m not going to make talks of his memorable political speeches and his autobiography, but rather the other important life maxims that Madiba taught us through the years – words we should all definitely try to live by. Throughout his life, he made some unforgettable statements; I’m talking about the stuff of legends. And up until now, these wise words continue to echo worldwide.
I doubt there’ll ever be another man who will be loved, respected and appreciated just like him or even more. There just isn’t and will never be another Nelson Mandela in this world. And though the man is still frail and in a critical condition (marking the 50th day in hospital to date), the whole entire nation continue to pour in tributes, prayers and well-wishes to Mandela at the hospital.
But he once said in an interview for the documentary “MANDELA 1994”: “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” –
Kasi Nativist says: What will be, will be. May God be with the Madiba family throughout these times. Amen!
And to you who is still living by the grace of God: here’s whatsup
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”- Nelson Mandela
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
― Nelson Mandela
NB: Food for thought!!!