Nelson Mandela, Rest In Peace

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. RIP Nelson Mandela RIP Nelson Mandela

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

doncharisma, don charisma, Nelson Mandela in Prison
Nelson Mandela in Prison

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.

39 thoughts on “Nelson Mandela, Rest In Peace

  1. It’s hard to say goodbye to someone whose very name speaks of determination to lift the oppressed and do good in the world. With Nelson Mandela we can say farewell and know that his legacy will be with us and all future generations forever. Much good fortune for us.

  2. I did a speech on Mandela a few years ago after seeing the movie “Invictus” and was quite inspired by his determined stance to fight for equality in his homeland. He has lived a long, full and meaningful life, and hopefully others will be encouraged to take up his mantel until all oppression in the world ceases.
    Thanks for this tribute.

      1. Been well, and owe you an apology. Just found that wordpress page that lists the blogs one follows. Somehow several of mine weren’t set up to receive immediate email alerts, so I’ve been getting no cues that you’ve posted.

        That’s been fixed.

        As for Nelson M., have to say that he’s surely in a better place. A just reward for having made our’s a better place. I am enriched by his legacy.

      2. Takes a man of character and charisma to apologise, so apology accepted. Within that I don’t monitor people for reading or not reading my blog, everyone has different schedules, priorities and interests. Mainly I’m happy for people to visit and read what genuinely interests and/or resonates. Good friendly folk around me makes my life more enjoyable, the petty just detract from it.

        Same, for Nelson Mandela, a noble being who earned respect of millions has passed.

        I’m off to photograph sunset soon:)

    1. You are welcome, and rip Nelson Mandela … I’ve been reading my quotes book and there have been some great leaders in the past, or they certainly said some inspiring things … currently if I think of all world leaders, I can’t think of one that I like as much as Nelson Mandela … watch this space, Don Charisma for World President LOL !

  3. Reblogged this on Words of Venkat G and commented:
    Great Soul #Madiba #Mandela RIP
    Humanity Misses You
    Thank You for being Amongst Us in our Life Time.
    “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace” #Madiba

  4. Too many people never heard of Nelson Mandela or they know only one thing about his history, then after he passed away, they shared his photos and quotes in an exaggerated way. You’ve apparently seen his movie and know much more about Mandela but many others don’t, it pisses me off. Like what happened with Paul Walker last week, they made a hero out of him.

    1. I tried to keep it brief and to the point of what I knew of him … I enjoyed the movie and the poem and the song is faily upbeat and “cool” so enjoy that too …

      The story tellers your talking about aren’t interested in the truth, they want to sell advertising generally so they make it sensational and spin it however it suits them at the time … this is sadly just how it is 🙂

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