Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.


Story by Anita de Las Moses , Canada

So many glitterati to mark the passing into Upper Jerusalem of Nelson Mandela. From every corner of the earth heads of state past and present congregated in South Africa for the memorial service also attended by President Obama and his wife. Mandela broke to smithereens the regime of apartheid and by so doing set an…

A true leader with compassion

Story by Jane Wagner , Russian Federation

Nelson Mandela really believed that nothing was impossible and always stuck to his principles. He is the most humane and forgiving person and always an inspiration to me when the going gets tough. Nothing could be tougher than what he went through and still to come out the other side a true leader with compassion,…

Power beyond measure

Story by Rhonda Barrett , United States

I feel passionately about Nelson Mandela because he changed the world. One man believing in what was right and willing to stand up for it no matter what the sacrifice. His example is all about the greatness we are all capable of. He is the best of all of us and inspires me beyond words…

Great model

Story by Jan , United Kingdom

Nelson Mandela has been an inspiration to millions of people, and continues to be one. He has always lived life intensely and is a great model for humanity.

Symbol of hope and goodness

Story by Inca Waddell , Australia

He is without bitterness and able to bridge divides which most people said could not be closed. He is brave and has the courage to speak out on issues such as HIV even though most people of his age would be taking a rest. He is a symbol of hope and goodness. His face with…

Single-handedly "un-branded" South Africa

Story by Lionel Du Plessis , South Africa

No – I don’t think it odd that Madiba, as he is affectionately known, is regarded as a brand. Some baulk at the idea, but he has perhaps single-handedly “un-branded” South Africa as a pariah state and “re-branded” SA as the uniquely diverse country that it is – Peopled with equally diverse cultures, views and…

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