Not only was Nelson Mandela a revered head of state, he was a visionary. His death gives us cause to celebrate his life. He spent his 95 years as an advocate for change; not for black rights or white rights, but simply for equality. We celebrate his life in haiku.
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela, into Thembu royal family in Mvezo, a village in south-east South Africa.
meant a savior was born
Little did they know.
Mandela was expelled from Fort Hare University College in a dispute over student rights, when he took part in a student demonstration.
Already the thirst
for change ran through his veins, and
his quest expels him
In 1952, he established South Africa’s first black law firm in Johannesburg with Oliver Tambo as his partner.
A first of many
firsts; A step in the struggle
To fight for their rights
His famous speech, where he stated that democracy is “an ideal for which I am prepared to die,” is followed by a life sentence in prison. He was then sent to Robben Island prison, where he spent 18 years.
He spoke about how
Democracy is worth life.
Fight the oppression
Mandela was unanimously elected the President of the African National Congress (ANC).
With new freedom came
new position of power
new pathways opened
After South Africa’s first multiracial elections, ANC won with 62% of the vote. Mandela was then inaugurated as the country’s first black President.
After his first vote
He himself started leading
A new age began
The world lost a hero as Nelson Mandela died after battling illness.
In 95 years
He changed the world forever
may he rest in peace
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