In the 1960s, Nelson Mandela was one South African who vehemently resisted racial discrimination that was perpetuated by the white apatite regime in that country. Madiba as he was popularly called fought for the freedom, equality and right of the down trodden South African blacks.
As the world celebrates this black hero. It was an American motivational writer, Stanley Breyma who opined that until you find something to die for you are not worthy to live. This white scribe epitomizes vividly the life the former South African human rights and freedom fighter, political icon and undisputed leadership model led.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Mvezo, a village near Mthatha in the Transkei, South Africa on July 18th, 1918. As a growing child he withnessed the subjugation and oppression of his people by the white apatite regime and took his human rights fight to the street and quarters of the while oppressors.
In 1963, after his peaceful and fearless protest over the increasing killings of his people in Shuavil and Johannesburg he was imprisoned on Robben Island off Cape town in south Africa. He rejected bail on the condition of total and undefying freedom for his people.
To achieve this fit he spent gruesome 27 years in prison. His release in 1990 was historic and monumental as he began reconciliatory moves that galvanized south Africa into a multiracial democracy.
His selfless effort to stitch the turn garment of south African unity resulted in his winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and becoming the first black president of south Africa. According to Mandela, it is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity.
While discussing the leadership initiatives by Mandela, a public opinion analyst Dr. Chuks Osugi noted that Mandela left behind legacies of unsurpassed leadership roles, concept of indispensability after rejecting the clarion call for second tenure and the temperament of forgiveness for other African leaders to emulate.
His leadership knitted the south Africans together, gave the blacks hope, gave them confidence and gave recognition yet without treating the whites as conquered people.
Dr. Osuji stressed that Mandela taught African leaders to give everyone an opportunity to exist and express themselves and not to become tyrants and oppressors.
The Anglican Bishop of Ndegu Daises, Bishop Jefry Okorafor insisted that Mandela deterred from the unpatriotic selfish uncaring and fraudulent leadership on the African continent
For me he leaves on, he is a heroe, he is a patriot. This is one man that posterity will never forget worldwide.
Bishop Okorafo called on African leaders to emulate the leadership roles of Mandela to make the continent peaceful, stable and prosperous.