I pulled up my Google this morning to do a search, and there’s a tribute to Nelson Mandela, he passed away at the age of 95.
Nelson Mandela as I know him was a man who fought for human rights and for freedom. He eventually became the prime minister of South Africa, after fighting his whole life for an end to the racist apartheid regime.
I know him through the movie “Invictus”, which has a very inspiring poem that’s said to be one of Nelson’s favourites, I blogged it here – “Spirit, Unconquered – Invictus”. Here’s William Ernest Henley’s poem again :
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley
There was also a song written about Nelson Mandela, “Free Nelson Madela”, by the ‘The Special AKA’ band.
I think the world will miss Nelson Mandela. He was most certainly a man of great strength of character and charisma.
Much respect, and rest in peace Nelson Mandela.