GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

What Mandela’s death means to me —Tony Elumelu

By News Express on 06/12/2013

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,925


The news that Nelson Mandela has passed away will affect us all profoundly and in many different ways.

For me, his death signifies the passing of a great leader and a rare human being, who sacrificed the prime of his life, in pursuit of an egalitarian and fair society.

Mandela was a true leader who understood the essence of leadership – to serve, to inspire, to make a difference.

There is much I have learnt from his example, not least:

His passion and commitment to Africa and his country.

His ability to act as a unifier and healer of wounds. By his own example and by his implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he allowed South Africans, of all colours, bridge the deep, deep chasms that lay between them and learn to be reconciled with the new dawn, in a manner that was bereft of parochialism or partisanship. This was truly extraordinary.

His clear vision and his resilient approach to realizing it, despite the most difficult of circumstances.

This ability to articulate his vision in such a compelling and consistent way enabled a deeply divided country to begin to come together and taught lessons to the World.

The effect of these actions, transformed a nation, showed the world the power of vision and that a single person can bring about massive change.

We need more leaders like Mandela in Africa, leaders who can help us build this new vision of a continent unshackled and powerful, in spite of its history.

Mandela’s death will cause us to look again at his achievements, through the lens of the legacy that he has left.

This is a chapter turned in the history of our continent and I hope his leadership baton will be picked up by the next generation across the continent and I pray we will all be inspired by his spirit.

•Tony Elumelu, CON, Chairman of Heirs Holdings Plc, writes from Lagos. Photo is that of Mr. Elumelu.

Source News Express

Posted 06/12/2013 7:50:03 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
UK detective testifies against Ex-Governor in Abuja fraud...

Security agents raid Delta communities, apprehend suspects

Jonathan appoints Peter Obi new Chairman of SEC...

Police swoop on Peace Corps members

SS3 Student invents motorcycle

Libyan cabinet minister shot dead in hometown

Anambra community threatens to drag ex-chairman to EFCC...

Crisis threatens APGA’s chances of retaining Anambra Governor's...

Ndigbo move to boost southeast economy

Aka Ikenga drags President Jonathan, Gov. Fashola to...

Ex-PDP ministers reject Modu Sheriff as party chairman...

Trouble for new US President Donald Trump

 

Latest News Champions League: Spurs surprise Real Madrid, Man City win, Liverpool run riot with goals Enugu Bishop remanded in prison over fraud Labour union hits Okorocha, demands immediate removal of Zuma’s statue in Owerri Osun, American firm strike $450m deal 5 ways to make your laptop battery last longer N5.1bn fraud: How Dudafa laundered money for Patience Jonathan — Witness Dasuki asks court to put off trial indefinitely •Insists on open trial Today’s Weather: Expect hazy conditions, localised thunderstorms — NiMet Edo plans Investment Summit to boost state’s economy NLNG MD outlines strategic development plan to boost gas production Buhari jets out for Turkey Wednesday for D-8 Summit, Ankara visit Lagos begins advocacy on emergency number

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (286,634 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (269,077 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (217,845 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (183,082 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (179,173 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (161,656 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (140,079 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (128,545 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (123,368 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (113,856 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (111,956 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (104,345 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (29) Business (2,724) Business Verdict (24) Columnists (754) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (183) Entertainment (393) Features (497) Global Business Monitor (187) International (1,578) Interviews (134) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (77) News (29,388) Opinion (824) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,980) Religion (645) Sports (1,338) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN words on marble advert

 

 

#MonkeyPox outbreak

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!