There must be very few places on Earth, following the avalanche of words written since his death, where the basic life narrative of one of humanity’s most revered beings is not now known. What are the most important lessons Nelson Mandela taught all of us?
The first time I grasped his unique role in modern world history was in the late 1990s during a visit to Robben Island near Cape Town, the prison from which there was no escape, certainly in the 1960s and 70s when the apartheid regime sent there its most determined political opponents. "The authorities attempted to impose a complete blackout, they did not want us to learn anything that might raise our morale or reassure us that people on the outside were still thinking about us," Mandela noted in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
Entering Mandela’s small former cell with Eby Ebrahim, his fellow prisoner for many years, was the most unforgettable of many memories that day. Other former inmates, mostly well-known African NationalRead More »from Post-Mandela South Africa: Current leadership can learn from his lessons of the past