Friday, December 06 2013
"Our nation has lost it's greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss," South African President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address.
President Obama referred to him as the "most influential, courageous and profoundly good" people to ever have lived. "He achieved more than could be expected of any man." He went ahead to order that the flags be lowered to half staff in honor of Mandela.
On completing his law degree in 1942, he joined the African National Congress (ANC) and for 20 years, he was leading a non violent campaign against the South African government. He decided to change strategy to armed struggle, this is when he was arrested for plotting to oust the government by violence. He was sentenced in 1964 to 27 years in prison. On Feb 11, 1990, he was released and a year later, he was elected the President of ANC.
At the age of 75, Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa between 1991 to 1995 when he retired to concentrate on a number of human rights activities.
Celebs have since been paying their respects to the fallen leader and some of them include:
Rihanna: "You made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!"
Bill Gates: "Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day."
Whoopi Goldberg: "I want to give the world a hug I was told Mandeba just passed. Nelson Mandela R.I.P. Time for a well earned sleep. Condolences to his family."
Larry King "Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela - he was the greatest figure of the 21st century - a fascinating man."
Mike Tyson "I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family."
Tributes from our very own stars:
Iryn Namubiru: "RIP Nelson Mandela. I continue to pray for our loved ones and all those fighting to get back on their feet where ever they are!In God's Name."
Bobi Wine: "Rest In Peace, Father of Nations."
Bebe Cool: "With deep sorrow I would like to announce the departure of the greatest black African freedom fighter who just passed on to heaven a few minutes ago, Nelson Mandela may your soul rest in eternal peace. Uganda and Gagamel will always respect you."
Juliana Kanyomozi - "R.I.P baba Nelson Mandela. What a legacy. I remember an interview you did where the host struggled to get you to take any credit in the anti - apartheid struggle. You kept giving credit to others instead. You are a hero and one of the world's greatest people and yet yo humility and modesty always shined through. That is wat I'll remember most about you."
Did Ginimbi and Mimi Moana know they were about to die?