There are people who can never be forgotten in a hurry because, what they did for humanity would forever remain audible in our ears. They fought for the peace and the freedom that we are enjoying today.
Nelson Mandela was one of such men. Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 18th July 1918, he died on 5th December 2013. He was a South African who stood up against apartheid, a politician and a philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. He was a leader that was ready to die for what he believed in. According to him, “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
Nelson Madiba Mandela came, he saw and he conquered. So, as we celebrate 3 years of his departure, let us remind ourselves of his values with this poem titled A MAN LIKE NO OTHER
A Man Like No Other.
Madiba, where are you?
You towering giant of a man
Who stood against oppression
Even in the face of opposition
You showed tenacity in the midst of adversity
Taking upon yourself the suffering of humanity
And at Robbin Island you toiled in humility
Where men are stripped of dignity.
You were not Christ
Yet you acted like the Messiah
Dealing a deadly blow to apartheid
Racism came crashing under your feet
As you stood alone on the part of Justice
Madiba, oh Madiba!
You were sent on an errand of mercy
Who shall we now brag about?
When Mahatma Gandhi has gone
And the Zik of Africa is no more
Even the voice of Martin Luther is mute
And injustice stands as strong as the rock of Gibraltar
With no one as strong as Madiba,
To fight the cause of common men.
A strong man in the clan has gone
A man stronger than poverty and oppression
A man who chose peace in the face of war
A man who forgave in the face of wrongs
A man who showed us the way to peace
A pathfinder and a pace setter
You left a shoe bigger than humanity
But your words spread across bridges.
In Rivonia trial you stood tall
Even in Robben Island you endured
Having the prison walls come down
You fought in the battle of gladiators
Apartheid came but you defeated.
Madiba, oh Madiba the mender of wounded souls
Your valour and gallantry we all know
Your life and wisdom we celebrate
Nelson Madiba Mandela,
A man born on the month of Julius Caesar
You lived like Messiah,
Even as Isaiah prophesied
You died on the same month Christ was born
As we remember your departure
I pray that your spirit come upon our leaders
Farewell, Farewell, the great Madiba______ man of peace.