Although I knew this day will eventually come, I must admit that I am struggling with the fact that Nelson Mandela is no longer with us in person. I got the news on Thursday, 5th December as I was celebrating my birthday with my family, so in many ways it was quite a bitter/sweet end to my day. Even though we were all expecting this moment to arrive one day, the very thought of Madiba not being around any more is painful to say the least. I do however take comfort from the fact that Nelson Mandela is the Chief Architect of Peace and Democracy in South Africa. Today, I and many others in South Africa like me are free human beings who have gained back our respect and dignity. This is in no small part down to the sacrifices made by Nelson Mandela.
We owe you a deep debt of gratitude for your charismatic leadership, wisdom and love, for pulling our country (South Africa) back, from the verge of a bloody civil war.
I am so grateful and heartened by the way people all around the world are honouring this Great Man. My heart goes out to his family who have not only lost their father, friend & grandfather even sadder though is the fact that they lost 27 years of not having him around when he was imprisoned. Nelson Mandela has taught me so much which I intend to share with you in the coming months. One of the greatest lessons I learned from Nelson Mandela is that ‘we can only achieve greatness when we learn to serve other human beings’. Nelson Mandela served us all and he served well.
We thank God for Blessing us with a gift called Nelson Mandela and in the true spirit of Ubuntu, ‘we are who we are because of you Nelson Mandela’. Its been such an honour to have shared this planet with Madiba. Even though you have passed on, we will always feel your presence.
A Massive ‘Thank You’, Madiba!!
Good night my friend! Good night my Hero!
Rest in Peace Madiba!!