The Nelson Mandela

I was not going to do this post. I didn’t think I had the words. I didn’t think I had the right.
I mean, who am I, to talk about you and all that you were and still are?
What words could I use to describe what you meant and still mean.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
– Nelson Mandela

You lived this life. A significant life.
You loved even when hatred would seem to be the only option for a human.
Maybe that’s because you weren’t really human.
You were that higher person that each and every one of us long to be.
You fought and paid the price to be that person.
You are the true definition of giving even when no one asks for or even deserve it
To live even a fraction of the significance that is your life would indeed be living.

“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Mandela

South Africa mourns
Mama Africa mourns
The world mourns

“Nelson Mandela was indeed a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve…”

And the only way to honor this great man that we all love so dearly is to take lessons from his life,
continue the fight the spent his life fighting
the love he spent his life showing.
As long as we continue to work together for the peace he dedicated his life to,
Nelson Mandela lives forever.


Adeola Matemilola