A 21-gun salute and full honour guard escorted the coffin of Nelson Mandela as his state funeral got underway Sunday in the rolling hills of his rural boyhood home.Read More
South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday told a country mourning for its founding father Nelson Mandela that it was incumbent on them to carry on his legacy.
“We have to take the legacy forward,” Zuma said in an address to Mandela’s state funeral in the former leader’s boyhood home of Qunu.Read More
In international political arena, the burial of heads of state and high profile personalities like Dr. Nelson Mandela often presents an opportunity for funeral diplomacy. Informal and somber as the setting may be, leaders of countries often capitalize on it to mend fences, strengthen ties, or break new grounds after which their envoys are left to do follow-up.Read More
As torrents of tributes continue to pour in for the late former South Africa President, Dr. Nelson Mandela, the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe, extolled Mandela’s virtues in his controversial book, “There was a Country, a Personal History of Biafra,” describing him as a beacon of justice and hope for the African continenRead More
An encounter with Dr. Nelson Mandela months after regaining freedom from South Africa’s prison was an opportunity nobody would want to miss.
As a young reporter, it presented an experience worth sharing as Madiba goes to rest with his ancestors in the sacred grounds of Qunu. The encounter comes with the main story and a sub plot. The release came on February 11 1990, a day Nigeria marked by declaring a half working day.Read More
A military aircraft carrying Nelson Mandela’s remains arrived Saturday in Mthatha in his native Eastern Cape province ahead of his burial Sunday.Read More
He has had streets, parks, a landfill and even a non-existent sub-atomic particle named after him: rarely has a man been so honoured during his lifetime as Nelson Mandela.Read More
The news of the sudden demise of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela “Madiba” on Thursday 5th December 2013 vibrated around the entire world like an earthquake or tsunami phenomenon.Read More
Nelson Mandela’s tearful widow was among scores of family and dignitaries who stopped to pay their last respects before Nelson Mandela’s open casket Wednesday, as the celebrated leader lay in stateRead More
Toryna Lewis, who says she was a racist under South Africa’s oppressive apartheid system, wept as she described the sea change she and other whites underwent during the unifying leadership of Nelson Mandela.Read More