Madiba – This is the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. A clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person is descended. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the
in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someone’s clan name.
You can learn so much more about Mr. Mandela at his foundation's site - HERE
Oprah Winfrey tells my favorite story about Nelson Mandela. During his last visit to the United States Oprah scheduled a full show devoted to interviewing Madiba and showing news footage of his struggles and achievements.
When he arrived at Harpo Studios Mr. Mandela was greeted by a very crowded green room; people were spilling out into the halls and all over the back stage area. As the producer walked him to the set entrance Mr. Mandela asked who else was scheduled to appear on that day's show. The producer was genuinely confused by the question. Madiba laughed at the expression on her face and said "I assume there will be more guests, these crowds cannot all be for me!"
Imagine that level of humility from a former President and someone who changed his country and the world.
I think that is the essence of Nelson Mandela's persona and it is that humanity that made him so great yet so relatable.
Whites and Blacks together in public was illegal during apartheid. This photo was taken outside of Madiba's home after the news of his death was announced.
Mr. Mandela often said that he survived his 27 years in prison by knowing that the work he had started was continuing outside.
He was powerful and loving.
And oh so full of joy.
There will never again be anyone like him.
I have read many comments about the passing of Nelson Mandela. None have moved me or spoken for me as much as this part of Muhammad Ali's tribute to Madiba.
"... What I will remember most about Mr.Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free."
Peaceful Journey Madiba