A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT LEADER-NELSON MANDELA

Nelson Mandela is a leader no prison cell, no intimidation, no threat could silence. A man whose belief in the future was so powerful that not even at 27 years behind bars and barbed wire could destroy his dream that millions could be free. Despite many years in jail, he emerged to become the country’s first black president and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. His charisma, self-depreciating sense of humour and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal. Since stepping down as president in 1999, Mr Mandela has become South Africa’s highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and securing his country’s right to host the 2010 football World Cup. He has also encouraged peace efforts in other areas of the world. In 2004, at the age of 85, Mr Mandela retired from public life to spend more time with his family and friends and engage in “quiet reflection”. “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” he warned anyone thinking of inviting him to future engagements.

LANDMARKS OF THE LEADER
1918 – Born in the Eastern Cape
1956 – Charged with high treason, but charges dropped
1964 – Charged again, sentenced to life
1990 – Freed from prison
1993 – Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1994 – Elected first black president
1999 – Steps down as leader
2001 – Diagnosed with prostate cancer
2004 – Retires from public life
2005 – Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness
2007 – Forms The Elders group
Today Mr.Mandela turned 90 and has marked his 90th birthday by calling for the rich to do more for the poor. That tells u of a man who has dedicated his life for the well being of his country. To millions of people around the world, Nelson Mandela stands, as no other living figure does, for the triumph of dignity and hope over despair and hatred, of self-discipline and love over persecution and evil.

Happy Birthday Mr.Nelson Mandela…Long Live your Legacy


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