It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post. Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule, and served as his country’s first black president, died last Thursday, at the age of 95. He had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004. He made his last public appearance in 2010, at the football World Cup in South Africa.
Mr. Mandela ultimately died in his home at 8:50 p.m. He will be buried, according to his wishes, in the village of Qunu.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation, despite being imprisoned for 27 years.
Some of his amazing deeds include pushing South Africa toward its first multiracial elections. He proved to be so loved that when the elections were held in April 1994, the ex-prisoner became the next president, and embarked on a mission of racial reconciliation, government rebuilding, and economic rehabilitation.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said, “Mr. Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he’s gone home and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.”
I myself have always admired Mr Mandela, and will never forget all he had accomplished in his long life.