The Meaning of Mandela

In columns, analysis and opinion, AllAfrica commentators and news partners reflect on the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
  • South Africa:   Nelson Mandela - 'Crossing the Burning River'

    SACSIS, 6 December 2013

    [D]eath is always close by, and what's important is not to know if you can avoid it, but to know that you have done the most possible to realize your ideas. - Frantz Fanon, 1961 Read more »

  • South Africa:   Mandela's Legacy

    Chatham House, 6 December 2013

    The impact of Nelson Mandela for Africa and the world was dramatic. No other African leader stands so tall, or has been so revered. Look at the special editions of newspapers… Read more »

  • Uganda:   Africa's Bad Men Are Mandela's Biggest Failure

    Observer, 8 December 2013

    An icon of liberty and freedom struggles has passed on. Read more »

  • South Africa:   Mandela, Pacifist or Rebel?

    IPS, 6 December 2013

    Perhaps it's a false contradiction. But today there are many who stress the pacifist message with which South Africa's Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) emerged from prison in 1990, while… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Moments That Made Mandela Great

    African Arguments, 5 December 2013

    Almost no one in the late 1980s believed apartheid would end peacefully. The government was in trouble but the core of its system that kept the whites in power looked solid. It was… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Mandela Legacy Betrayed By Hypocrisy

    New Zimbabwe, 9 December 2013

    FIRST and foremost I would want to express my sincere condolences to the Mandela family, the people of South Africa for their loss and may his kind and selfless soul rest in peace.… Read more »

  • Africa:  Nelson Mandela, 18.07.1918 - 5.12.2013

    ThinkAfricaPress, 5 December 2013

    Nelson Mandela may well be remembered as a hero, but his politics and manner were more human, humble and humane than heroic. Read more »

  • Sierra Leone:   Why I Call Nelson Mandela My Hero

    RNW Africa, 6 December 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, whose death was announced Thursday, leaves an indelible mark on the world. Here's testament to that by a Sierra Leonean who looked to… Read more »

  • South Africa:  Desmond Tutu Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

    allAfrica, 5 December 2013

    Nelson Mandela is mourned by South Africans, Africans and the international community today as the leader of our generation who stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries… Read more »

  • South Africa:  Nelson Mandela - Leader, Icon, Friend

    allAfrica, 6 December 2013

    Of all the many leaders I have met in the course of my life, none made a deeper impression on me than Nelson Mandela. Read more »

  • South Africa:   Nelson Mandela and His Regional Impact

    Chatham House, 6 December 2013

    To the last, Mandela was a symbol and unifying force not just for his countrymen but also for the wider region and the African continent. Read more »

  • Uganda:   On Nelson Mandela

    Observer, 8 December 2013

    That Nelson Mandela was bound to die sooner than later was not in doubt either. Yet when it was announced on Thursday night, the passing of the former South African president threw… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Nelson Mandela - a Tribute

    This Day, 9 December 2013

    In the gallery of world statesmen of the twentieth century, Nelson Mandela occupies an exceptional position. His name will be forever linked with the struggle of the South African… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Mandela - a Life of Charitable Struggle

    This Day, 9 December 2013

    In this tribute to former South African President, Nelson Mandela, who died last Thursday at the age of 95, Emeka Anyaoku explains why the late legend stands out in the struggle… Read more »

  • Nigeria:   Madiba's Legacies - Reflections By Gambari, Oyebode, Others

    Vanguard, 8 December 2013

    Tributes and encomiums have been flowing in the way of Africa's legend and illustrious son, Nelson Rohilala Mandela, who died last Thursday at the age of 95. It is expected and… Read more »

  • Nigeria:   Nelson Mandela--(1918--2013)

    Daily Trust, 8 December 2013

    On Thursday, the 5th of December, 2013 former South African President, the Madiba, Nelson Mandela died. He was 95. The announcement was made by the current South African president… Read more »

  • Nigeria:   Nelson Mandela, the Great

    Daily Trust, 8 December 2013

    The death last Friday of Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was not unexpected because he was 95 years old and had been in poor health for several years, particularly over the past… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Mandela: the Next Logical Stage

    The Herald, 7 December 2013

    When the day came it almost looked like a form of release for a media that had for months been obsessed with Nelson Mandela's mortality. Read more »

  • South Africa:   What Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Meant to Me

    Premium Times, 7 December 2013

    As the news of the passing of a hero broke on this sad December morning, the heartbreak and sadness felt by many of us had to be juggled by the stoical sense of realism in the… Read more »

Children walk past a mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Wednesday, 26 June 2013. The anti-apartheid struggle icon is still in a critical condition in hospital.

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