Sad news today: Nelson Mandela (Madiba) has died, aged 95. The passing of a truly great man.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela - another lawyer who fought for freedom.  Whatever  complexities are involved in an entire human life - this man is to be admired for sacrificing the personal to help others AND having an approach of peace and reconciliation after the appalling treatment he and other black Africans received in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela - another lawyer who fought for freedom. Whatever complexities are involved in an entire human life - this man is to be admired for sacrificing the personal to help others AND having an approach of peace and reconciliation after the appalling treatment he and other black Africans received in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela (Captions by AP) Born July 18, 1918, son of a counselor to the paramount chief of the Thembu people near Qunu in what is now the Eastern Cape. He is widely known in South Africa by his clan name, Madiba.   Caption: Portrait of South African political leader Nelson Mandela between 1945 and 1960, wearing the traditional outfit of the Thembu tribe. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela (Captions by AP) Born July 18, 1918, son of a counselor to the paramount chief of the Thembu people near Qunu in what is now the Eastern Cape. He is widely known in South Africa by his clan name, Madiba. Caption: Portrait of South African political leader Nelson Mandela between 1945 and 1960, wearing the traditional outfit of the Thembu tribe. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela, being a serious amateur boxer (heavyweight), trained alongside professional boxers in Johannesburg.  This was while he and Oliver Tambo were operating South Africa’s first black owned law firm.  In his autobiography he speaks fondly of his time at the boxing gym at the Donaldson Orlando Community Centre (DOCC), which he joined in 1950.

Nelson Mandela, being a serious amateur boxer (heavyweight), trained alongside professional boxers in Johannesburg. This was while he and Oliver Tambo were operating South Africa’s first black owned law firm. In his autobiography he speaks fondly of his time at the boxing gym at the Donaldson Orlando Community Centre (DOCC), which he joined in 1950.

Once reviled as a terrorist by the adversaries who jailed him, Nelson Mandela   became the world's favourite statesman

Nelson Mandela: A life rich in drama, tragedy, triumph and reconciliation

Once reviled as a terrorist by the adversaries who jailed him, Nelson Mandela became the world's favourite statesman

Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom - I was a young man who attempted to make up for his ignorance with militancy.

Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom - I was a young man who attempted to make up for his ignorance with militancy.

❛Boyd Varty❜ TEDWomen 2013: What I learned from Nelson Mandela • "'In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.' Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or 'ubuntu' – defined as, 'I am, because of you.' And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit."

❛Boyd Varty❜ TEDWomen 2013: What I learned from Nelson Mandela • "'In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.' Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or 'ubuntu' – defined as, 'I am, because of you.' And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit."

Introduction  Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of , Transkei, on 18 July 1918. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. In 1930, when he was 12 years old, his father died and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni.  Hearing the elders’ stories…

Introduction Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of , Transkei, on 18 July 1918. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. In 1930, when he was 12 years old, his father died and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elders’ stories…

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