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Friday, 6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela - Tributes From Around The World

Yesterday the world lost one of the greatest leaders that ever lived, Nelson Mandela.

 I remember reading his autobiography " Long Walk to Freedom " a few years back, I knew at that point that he was rare man, a true leader and someone whose name can never be forgotten.

He sacrificed many years of his life fighting a worthy cause. His humility and his ability to forgive still astounds me. He came, he saw and He conquered.

Madiba, you live on forever in our hearts and may we find strength and courage to live out those values you truly stood for.

For tributes from all over the world, see below :

Muhammed Ali said Mandela “ taught us forgiveness on a grand scale."  “He made us realise, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colours.”

What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge."

President Barack Obama said. " We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”

Olusegun Obasanjo said Mandela’s life was an example of what people should all aspire for.
“In all situations, he lived nobly and died in nobility. Let us bear in mind that we all have the opportunity to act nobly in whatever position we find ourselves.”

 Tiger Woods recalled having lunch with Mandela in 1998, the year after his first Masters triumph.
“It was one of the most inspiring times I’ve ever had in my life,” said Woods.
 “I don’t think any of us probably here could have survived that and come out as humble and as dignified as he did.”

 F.W. de Klerk, who had reached an agreement with Mandela to end apartheid and hold elections, said that Mandela was a "great unifier and a very, very special man in this regard beyond everything else he did. This emphasis on reconciliation was his biggest legacy."

Lewis Hamilton posted a picture of himself with Mandela on his Facebook page.
“One of the most special moments in my life was meeting the great Madiba,” Hamilton said. “One of the most inspirational human beings to have lived and without doubt the nicest man I ever met.”

Tony Blair said Mandela "made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid; something not only to be disagreed with, but to be despised. In its place he put the inalienable right of all humankind to be free and to be equal." 

Ban Ki-moon said Mandela was a "man of quiet dignity and towering achievement."  adding that he was a "giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration."

Please share your personal tribute to this great man in the comments section.

Thank You.

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