Written by : @ReneetheG
Nelson Mandela‘s fight for human rights in South Africa and overall spirit left a lasting impression on the world. The “Father of the Nation” has received many accolades in his life, but none surpass the impact of Mandela’s work. His fight against racism, poverty and inequality in South Africa, earned him the very prestigious title, but not before leading him to his notorious arrest and 27-year imprisonment in 1962. Mandela fought a myriad of terrorist accusations, and has gone on to receive over 250 awards in past four decades including the Nobel Peace Prize, being made an honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, and receiving his own ”Mandela Day” this past year on July 18.
Nelson Mandela, who lived until the age of 95, has earned such a regal reputation, but the South African visionary was a multi-faceted man who showed many different personality traits to the varied people he has touched in his lifetime.
Passing December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela leaves behind his third wife, Graça Machel of 15 years, 3 daughters Makaziwe, Zindzi, and Zenani Mandela, and a host of grand children, great-grandchildren, and close family and friends. Celebrities from all walks of life have expressed their condolences for the family’s loss as well as their own.
Coincidentally Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi Mandela and Zenani Mandela found out about their father’s death at the England premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The movie was the top grossing debut in South Africa this past weekend surpassing Hunger Games – Catching Fire, World War Z, The Wolverine and Hangover 3.
Our prayers, hearts, and condolences go out to the Mandela family; biological and international.