RIP – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)

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Following the death of President Mandela last night, aged 95, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, and friend of Mandela, said:

“The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all.

“I shall never forget his expansive smile and gentle demeanour, nor his steely determination and wonderful sense of humour. I have lost a dear friend. While I mourn the loss of one of Africa’s most distinguished leaders, Madiba’s legacy beckons us to follow his example to strive for human rights, reconciliation and justice for all.”

Besides chairing the Africa Progress Panel and the Kofi Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan is also chair of The Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela on his 89th birthday, 18 July 2007.

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Bob Geldof, musician and businessman, said:

“History stops, kneels and bows its head. His like is rare in all of human history. There will be others, but not for a long, long time and certainly not in our lifetimes. But we did live with him. We did live in his times. We could see what humans could be, even if we failed so utterly to live up to his impossible example.”

“What a Man. What a glorious human being. He leaves so much behind.”

“Nelson Mandela was truly, genuinely loved. He knew it and he never – not once – betrayed, besmirched or cheapened it.”

“What a Man. I knew him. We all did. How lucky we are that there was such a man.”

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Linah Mohohlo, Governor, Bank of Botswana, said:

“May his soul rest in eternal peace.”


Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, said:

“As the whole world pays tribute to Madiba, I join them in celebrating the life of a man who raised the beacon of human struggle to lofty heights of nobility and whose life is an example of what we should all aspire for.”

“His demise is a loss to his family who would miss a caring patriarch, the people of South Africa who would miss a guide, Africa who would miss a role model and the world who would miss a leader. In all situations, he lived nobly and he died in nobility.”

“When we teach our children the lessons for tomorrow, let us be reminded of the lessons Mandela gave the world in forgiveness and forbearance. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

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Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Prudential Plc., said:

“Mr Nelson Mandela led a life of  extraordinary courage. His journey from revolutionary to political leader to  healer of a nation was unique. The values of fortitude and reconciliation he embodied are an example not just for the people of Africa but for all humanity.”


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