Nelson Mandela is a son of Africa yet he is considered a father of a nation as well. He is the first black South African to hold the office and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Mandela was a prominent international figure for more than half a century, first as a leading human rights campaigner in South Africa and also because despite being sentenced to prison for encouraging black South Africans to go on strike and for illegally leaving South Africa, he became a president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 thus making him as the world’s best-known political prisoner. As of Thursday, December 05, 2013, South Africa and the world mourn as the father of a nation, and the first black president of South Africa had left us. He had passed away in his house in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection.
He was imprisoned for 27 years for planning acts of sabotage against South African state. He stood up for those who sought to oppress others with no fear in his heart. He was willing to give up his life for the principles of democracy which is very brave of him. He was willing to do, to give anything for his country, for equality, for the people of South Africa. He comes out of prison, but instead of stopping his fight, he goes out even stronger, even braver. Despite being imprison for 27 years he is consider inspiration of a lot of people. There are few of people of the same likes of him these days, the one that even harmed is ready to protect his loved ones. He is a Nobel Peace Prize winner in the year of 1993 for ending the apartheid in South Africa and his commitment in bringing peace in sphere’s of conflict in Africa. He became the first black president a year after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. His efforts came to have its result which is the ending of the apartheid in South Africa. His death made a lot of people around the world in sorrow, because the world lost one good leader, an inspiration, a father.
He may have left us, but the things he had done to make the world a better place will always stay. He has done a great part, the sacrifice he did for his nation. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared, 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day, to honour his birthday. This is the first time that the United Nations (UN) has designated a day dedicated to a person. This just proves of how he leave a mark for the people of the world. “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. And in him we saw so much of ourselves,” South African President Jacob Zuma said. “Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”