Thursday, July 19, 2012
Nelson RolihlahlaMandela:94Years in 67Minutes:Dedicated to Tolulope Adeleru,a fresh morning dew & delicious voice on Radio in Nigeria.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is one of the world's revered statesmen! He led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime in South Africa. He is also the world's most famous prisoner.Nelson Mandela is also well regarded as a great figure of the twentieth century.He was born on July 18,1918. He was born at Muezo,a village near Mthalatha,in the Transkei region of South Africa. In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges and sentenced to a life in prison.He went on to serve for 27 years in prison.He spent most of the years at the now famous Robben Island.His long term in prison evoked a lot of sympathy around the world as all African countries deployed a lot of diplomatic entreaties to save Mandela from dying in jail. Nigeria was particularly at the fore front of the struggle to get Nelson Mandela released from prison. Africans living in Africa and Africans in diaspora deployed the arts to end the apartheid regime. In Nigeria, many musicians sang a lot of free Mandela songs till The Madiba, whom i also called my grandfather was released on February 11,1990. He won the Nobel peace prize in 1993 and became the president of South Africa in 1994.He has won more than 250 Awards.He was the president of South Africa for five years from 1994-1999. Since leaving office,Mandela has become the reference point for excellent leadership and statesman ship. He is loved by so many people around the world and the celebrities, former heads of states and other top hats will not conclude their visits to South Africa till they see Dr Nelson Mandela.For a great man who has sown so much good around the world,Dr Nelson Mandela, recently reaped a huge harvest when his daughter,Zenani was named as the South African ambassador to Argentina.