Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95, today December 5, 2013 in South Africa. Words can't express how much his life has changed the lives of not only South Africans, but all Africans all over the world. Today we do not mourn, but we celebrate his achievements and contributions to Africa and Africans, and the rest of the world.
Nelson Mandela spent almost three decades in prison, fighting against racism. Mandela spent his life fighting to bring down apartheid in a peaceful manner, avoiding a civil war. What he achieved at the end was more than anyone could have ever expected, bringing political emancipation in South Africa. He later became the first black South African president in 1994. Africa has still yet to find another leader to come close to what Mandela has accomplished.
US President Barack Obama said "Today he's gone home, and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth."
Yes, Mandela touched the world and showed us all that there is still hope for Africa. As we celebrate his achievement today, we pray that the rest of Africa leadership take positive actions towards the development of their countries and Africa in overall. They had a role model to talk to; Nelson Mandela. He may be gone, but his works remain with us to study, learn, and apply. Farewell Nelson Mandela. Africa will miss you dearly.