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Happy Earth Day Madiba

18 July 2013, 13:22 Simon Mshilla

When it comes to African countries and founding fathers, very few founding presidents, if any, can be mentioned in the same light as Nelson Madiba Mandela.

Rising to presidency in a country harshly divided along racial lines, he stood as a symbol of peace and unity not only in South Africa but also in the entire African continent.

He is studied in history classes worldwide; the Long Walk To Freedom made him no less of the humble icon he is. Many can say that the struggle defined him, but all in all I believe he already was a great man inside.

As South Africa celebrates, scratch that, ushers Mandela's 95th year on earth, the whole world is united in prayer for him and his family as his health deteriorates each passing day.

But I dare say 95 is great a fete befitting this great an icon.

How we could sing happy birthday with smiles and wish Nelson many more years. If only it was that easy.

Still I raise my glass to you Nelson Mandela, a man of great humility.

If our leaders and us all could reflect and learn from you, especially during these trying times of tribalism in Kenya, then we will be destined for greatness too.

And to part with a quote from you, "Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace."

Happy Earth Day Madiba.


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