NELSON "MADIBA" MANDELA

South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has passed away, at the age of 95, last week.

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela will be remembered for many things, but his message of forgiveness and reconciliation may resonate the most.

"Mandela's biggest legacy was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way he did not only talk about reconciliation, but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa," said F.W. de Klerk, South Africa's last white president and Mandela's predecessor.

"Nelson Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man," President Barack Obama said last week. "We have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. 

He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages.”

Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said “Madiba” was at peace.

"Africa has lost its greatest son"

The greatest father there ever was: this is how South Africans will remember the man who brought an end to apartheid and delivered the nation from the brink of civil war.

As he did in life, his passing has brought unity amongst South Africans as black and white speak of their love for him. Many will be drawing on that same spirit for strength, that "Madiba magic" over the next few days and weeks as the nation left with the great burden of honoring Mandela's legacy, mourns his passing but also celebrates his life.

We will miss you “Madiba” but we will never forget you…


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