Today the world joins together to remember and highlight one of Africa’s greatest heroes, Nelson Rolihahla Mandela. According to BBC Africa, South African president Jacob Zuma announced that the former president and anti-apartheid revolutionary passed away peacefully in the company of his family in his home in Johannesburg around 8:50 this evening Dec. 5th. He was 95 years old.
Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison. President Obama acknowledged Nelson Mandela, stating that he was one of the most “influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth”.
Since I was a child Nelson Mandela was always much more than an icon. He was a hero, teacher, fighter and most importantly a leader who gave inspiration to many.